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.
HIPAA, also called the privacy rule
You've heard of HIPAA. Now find out what it actually means.
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.
What You Need to Know About Assisted Living
Assisted living is a type of housing designed for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. WebMD offers questions to ask when you are considering assisted living for yourself or a loved one.
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.
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.
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.
The Importance of Care After Cosmetic Surgery
Why is post-surgical care so important in cosmetic surgery? Ask Dr. Robert Kotler.
When To Pay for Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
Is paying for a consultation on a cosmetic procedure a good investment? Ask Dr. Robert Kotler, MD.
How to Save Money on Cosmetic Surgery
Tips from a top Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Kotler, on how to save money on your cosmetic procedure.
Post Op Care After Your Cosmetic Surgery
What kind of post-op care should you expect from your cosmetic surgeon? Dr, Robert Kotler, MD, explains.