3. Right to be informed of rights

A patient has the right to information about rights in the hospital. This is so that he or she can understand the care the hospital is providing. It is also to allow the patient to make informed choices and be a part of his or her treatment team. The hospital must tell a patient his or her rights when he or she is admitted. The hospital also has to protect and promote a patient’s rights while he or she is in the hospital. A patient has the right to receive information about rights in a way he or she understands. This might include using an interpreter, by translation, or in accessible formats (e.g. Braille, large print).

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