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Statement of Patient's Responsibilities

The Statement of Patient’s Responsibilities, designed as a companion to the Patient’s Bill of Rights, encourages patients to participate in their own health care and treatment. Hospital for Special Surgery believes that a mutual understanding of the Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities will result in more effective delivery of health care services.

To the extent possible, the Hospital for Special Surgery requests that patients:

  • Provide accurate and complete information about your past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to your health, and to answer any questions concerning these matters.
  • Participate in your health care planning by talking openly and honestly about your concerns with your physician and other health care professionals.
  • Understand your health problems and treatment to your own satisfaction and to ask questions if you do not understand.
  • Cooperate with your physician and other health care professionals in carrying out your health care plan both as an inpatient and after discharge.
  • Participate and cooperate with our health care professionals in creating a discharge plan, which meets your medical and social needs.
  • Inform the hospital or any of its professionals of the existence of any advance directive (including health care proxy, power of attorney, DNR, living will) you may have created.
  • Provide information relating to insurance and other sources of payment.
  • Cooperate and abide by the rules, regulations and policies of the hospital.

We also ask that you be considerate of your fellow patients, respecting their need for privacy and a quiet environment, as we expect them to do for you as well.