Your health: 9 tips to protect your rights as a patient

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(ARA) – Many Americans put a great deal of trust in our country’s health care system and the health care professionals who tend to their medical needs. But from time to time, we’ve all heard medical horror stories of things that did not go well.

When things don’t go as planned, here are nine tips from that can help you protect your rights as a patient:

1. Understand your health insurance plan.

2. Become familiar with your employer’s policies.

3. Seek out the opinion of another physician if you don’t like the way you are being treated by your current physician.

4. Ask your physician to explain all potential treatment options to you, even if your health insurance plan won’t pay for alternative treatments.

5. Keep in mind that you have the right to refuse medical treatment.

6. Invite a trusted family member or friend to join you when discussing your health care with your physician.

7. Stick with well-recognized health care organizations and pharmacies.

8. Keep your own health care treatment records.

9. Consider hiring an attorney to help you complete a health care directive, which designates a person to make decisions about your health care treatment if you cannot due to an illness or an injury.

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