JOSEPHS HOSPITAL Patient
towards a healthy community
ST. JOSEPH S
MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR
CARE AND TREATMENT:
Your rights a patient In Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, competent
adults have the right to decide whether to accept, reject or discontinue
medical care and treatment. If you do not wish to undergo a certain procedure
or to receive a certain type of treatment, you have the right to make your
wishes known to your doctor or other healthcare provider and generally to have
those wishes respected.
There may be times, however,
when a person cannot make his or her wishes known to a healthcare provider. For
example, a person may be unconscious or too badly injured to tell his or her doctor what Mad of care or treatment he or she would like
to receive or under what circumstances that doctor should withhold care or
The purpose of this document
is to let you know what the law currently has to say about your rights as a
competent adult It allows you to tell other people now if and how you would
like to receive medical care and treatment in the event that you need medical
attention but become physically or mentally unable to give instructions about
your care and treatment later. It also tells you what Pennsylvania law has to
say about the duty of a healthcare provider to follow your advance instructions.
To make these complex issues easier to understand,
the following information is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Before you make any decisions about the issues addressed in this document, you
should discuss them with your doctor, members of your family, and where
appropriate, your lawyer.