As a patient, you have rights such as discussing treatment options and costs with your doctors; making your own health decisions; having your privacy respected as covered by HIPAA law; and getting emergency care, even if you cannot pay. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about patients' rights, how to make informed decisions, and much more.
Many members of Congress want to make it easier for you to appeal a decision made by your HMO. President Bill Clinton wants the government to help you pay for prescription drugs if you are in Medicare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to keep your computerized medical records confidential.