Patients Rights Directory
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.
Reducing Your Risk for Hospital Medication Errors
WebMD helps you become an active part of your health care. Learn how to avoid medication errors during your hospital stay.
HIPAA, also called the privacy rule
You've heard of HIPAA. Now find out what it actually means.
Ambulatory patient services and outpatient care
Does ambulatory patient services mean the same thing as outpatient care? Find out now.
Who Will Be Involved in My Treatment?
You've just been diagnosed, and now your health care team is assembled. Doctors, nurses, specialists, technicians, and more may all take part in your treatment.
15 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hospital Risks
Know your hospital risks before you check in. Start by asking your doctor these questions.
Taking Life Away
In March 1998, an Oregon woman dying of breast cancer asked her physician to prescribe a drug that would allow her to end her life. The doctor agreed. Later in the month she took the medication. With that action, she became the first person in the United States to commit suicide with the help of a doctor -- legally.
Caregivers: The Invisible Patient
Caregiving is a relentless job that so isolates the one providing care that she becomes 'invisible' to family, friends, and the healthcare team. This isolation and invisibility puts the caregiver at risk for serious illness of her own -- and even death.
Lupus on the Job: Your Rights and Responsibilities
If you have lupus, this article will help you understand your rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, and offer tips on how to talk with your employer about getting the accommodations you need.
When To Pay for Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
Is paying for a consultation on a cosmetic procedure a good investment? Ask Dr. Robert Kotler, MD.
The Importance of Care After Cosmetic Surgery
Why is post-surgical care so important in cosmetic surgery? Ask Dr. Robert Kotler.
Dangers of Street Drugs and Cosmetic Surgery
Why does your cosmetic surgeon need to know if you use drugs? Dr. Robert Kotler explains.
What Are Neighborhood Medical Spas?
Are neighorhood medical spas a good option? Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr Robert Kotler says it depends.