Patient Rights

We consider you a partner in your hospital care. When you are well informed, participate in treatment decisions, and communicate openly with your doctor and other health professionals, you help make your care as effective as possible. Barnesville Hospital encourages respect for the personal preference and values of each individual.

While you are in the hospital, your rights include the following:

    • You have the right to considerate and respectful care, including consideration that your psychological, spiritual and cultural values influence your response to the care given.
    • You have the right to participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care. You have the right to be well-informed about your illness, possible treatments, likely outcomes, and unanticipated outcomes, and to discuss this information with your doctor. You have the right to know the names and roles of people treating you.
    • You have the right to consent to or refuse a treatment, as permitted by law, throughout your hospital stay. If you refuse a recommended treatment, you will receive other needed and available care.
    • You have the right to be free from the use of seclusion or restraint of any form as a means of coercion, convenience or retaliation by staff including the right to be free from verbal or physical abuse or harassment.
    • You have the right to have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care and to have the hospital staff and practitioners who provide care to comply with these directives.
    • You have the right to privacy and to receive care in a safe setting. The hospital, your doctor, and others caring for you will protect your privacy as much as possible.
    • You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential unless you have given permission to release information or reporting is required or permitted by law. When the hospital releases records to others, such as insurers, it emphasizes that the records are confidential.
    • You have the right to review and/or copy your medical records and to have the information explained, except when restricted by law.
    • You have the right to expect that the hospital will give you necessary health services to the best of its ability. Treatment, referral, or transfer may be recommended. If transfer is recommended or requested, you will be informed of risks, benefits, and alternatives. You will not be transferred until the other institution agrees to accept you.
    • You have the right to know if this hospital has relationships with outside parties that may influence your treatment and care. These relationships may be with educational institutions, other health care providers, or insurers.
    • You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate.
    • You have the right to consent or decline to take part in research affecting your care. If you choose not to take part, you will receive the most effective care the hospital otherwise provides.
    • You have the right to know about hospital rules that affect you and your treatment and about charges and payment methods. You have the right to know about hospital resources that can help you resolve problems and questions about your hospital stay and care.
    • You have the right to have your pain assessed and managed to the greatest extent possible.
    • You have the right to receive visitors whom you designate. This includes designating visitors who shall receive the same visitation privileges as your immediate family members, regardless of whether the visitors are legally related to the patient. You will be informed of the reasons for any clinical restrictions or limitations on visitation.
    • Health Coverage:
      • Insurance companies cannot deny coverage to any American – adult or child – based upon a pre-existing illness or condition. Nor can insurance companies cancel your coverage due to an unintentional mistake on your application. If a company does cancel your coverage, they must give at least 30 days’ notice.
      • Insurance companies can no longer put an arbitrary limit on the total amount of coverage of essential benefits provided in a lifetime or on an annual basis. Essential benefits include doctor and specialist visits, home and hospice services, emergency services, hospitalization, preventive and wellness services, chronic disease management, laboratory services, prescription drugs, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance use disorder services, and rehabilitative services and devices. Non-essential benefits include things like adult dental care.
      • The Affordable Care Act extends dependent coverage, enabling young adults up to the age of 26 to be covered through a parent’s private health insurance plan, unless they are offered coverage at work.
      • You have the right to an easy-to-understand summary of benefits and coverage. Premium increases of more than 10% must be explained and clearly justified.
    • Healthcare Choice:
      • With the Affordable Care Act, if you join or purchase a new health insurance plan, you have the right to choose a primary care doctor that is in that insurer’s network, including a pediatrician in the case of a child, and women have the right to access an OB/GYN without getting an authorization or referral.
      • Insurance companies are banned from charging more for emergency services obtained out of network. In an emergency, you can go to any emergency room, regardless of whether or not it’s in network, without facing higher cost sharing that would be owed in-network.
    • Preventive Care:
      • With the Affordable Care Act, if you join or purchase a new health insurance plan, you will receive coverage for recommended preventive services without cost-sharing or additional out-of-pocket cost. You now have access to services such as blood pressure testing, diabetes and cholesterol screening, many cancer screenings, routine vaccinations, pre-natal care, and regular wellness visits for infants and children at no additional cost. The elimination of copayments, co-insurance, and deductibles will improve access to affordable, quality health care.
    • Appeal:
      • With the Affordable Care Act, if you join or purchase a new health insurance plan, you have a right to appeal insurance company decisions denying coverage or restricting treatment and request an independent third party review. You must be told why it was denied and how to appeal that decision.
  • Barnesville Hospital encourages you and your family to bring to our attention any concerns, problems, or conflicts you may have during your hospitalization or visit. To express your concerns, please call (740) 425-5046 or ask to speak to the Care Manager or Hospital Supervisor.


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