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When you're at a hospital, you don't always have to take what the doctor and nurses give you. Yes, they are the experts. But you are the patient, and you have to live with their diagnoses for however long you have the condition. The American Hospital Association has created a patient's bill of rights to help make your hospital care as good as possible. Here is what the bill of rights includes.

• You have a right to respectful care. You are to be treated respectfully.
• You have the right to be informed about your diagnosis, to know what your treatment options are, and know what the potential outcomes of each treatment would be.
• You have the right to know the names of those treating you.
• You have the right to refuse a treatment, as permitted by law. You can refuse treatment and still receive alternative care.
• You have the right to privacy. No medical practitioner should ever release information about your condition or treatments to anyone, unless you give expressed consent to release information.
• You have a right to check out your medical records whenever you want to. You can also have the information explained to you.
• You have a right to know what kinds of alternative care options you have when you no longer need hospital care.
• You have a right to know about hospital rules that affect your treatment.
• You have a right to know how much your hospital stay will cost you.
• You are responsible for providing all information about your past care, illnesses and medicines to your physician when he or she is trying to find out the best possible treatment for you.
• You are responsible for being considerate of the needs of other patients in the hospital.
• You are responsible for providing health care insurance information when you are asked for it.