Did you know that the first Patient Bill of Rights was drafted by the American Hospital Association in the early 1970s? The goal was to empower patients in their medical care. Since then, several similar measures have been adopted at both the federal and state levels. The most recent federal version passed in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Patient Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act has three major goals:
1. To help patients feel more confident in the US healthcare system, the Bill of Rights helps assure that the health care system is fair and it works to meet patients’ needs, gives patients a way to address any problems they may have, and encourages patients to take an active role in getting or staying healthy;
2. To stress the importance of a strong relationship between patients and their health care providers; and
3. To stress the key role patients play in staying healthy by laying out the rights and responsibilities for all patients and health care providers. The Bill of Rights also applies to insurance plans.
Some of the specific protections that apply to health plans under the ACA law include:
There are Bills of Rights for other settings as well. These include the Mental Health Bill of Rights, Hospice Bill of Rights, and the Rights of People in Hospitals. Some states have additional bills of rights that may apply.
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