At American Indian Health & Services, patient privacy is of the utmost importance. Our Notice of Privacy Practices are available to be viewed in both English and Spanish through the links here:
As our patient, you have the following rights and responsibilities.
- Information from health providers and to discuss the benefits, risks, and costs of appropriate treatment alternatives.
- Receive guidance as to the optimal course of action. Patients are also entitled to obtain copies or summaries of their records, to have their questions answered, to be advised of potential conflicts of interest that their health providers might have, and to receive independent professional opinions.
- Make decisions about the care that is recommended by the provider. Patients may accept or refuse any recommended treatment.
- Courtesy, respect, dignity, responsiveness, and timely attention to his or her needs regardless of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Continuity of healthcare. A health provider has an obligation to cooperate in the coordination of medically indicated care with other health providers treating the patient. A provider may discontinue care provided they give the patient reasonable assistance, direction and sufficient opportunity to make other arrangements
- Communication is essential to a successful healthcare provider/patient relationship. To the fullest extent possible, patients have the responsibility to be truthful and express their concerns clearly to the provider.
- Patients have the responsibility to provide a complete medical history to the fullest extent possible, including information about past illnesses, medications, hospitalizations, family history of illness, and other matters relating to their present health.
- Patients have the responsibility to request information or clarification about their health status or treatment when they do not fully understand what has been described by their healthcare provider.
- Once patients and providers agree upon the goals, patients have a responsibility to cooperate with the treatment plan. Compliance with health provider instructions is essential to public and individual safety. Patients also have a responsibility to disclose whether previously agreed upon treatments are being followed and to indicate when they would like to reconsider the treatment plan.
- Patients should also have an active interest in the effects of their conduct on others and refrain from behavior that unreasonably places the health of others at risk.