Patient s Bill of Rights
The Michigan College of Optometry
at Ferris State University presents these patient rights as part of
our effort to provide you with effective patient care. We
believe that our patients will be more satisfied when they
understand their rights and what they can expect from those who
provide their care.
You as a patient should know:
- You have a right to receive adequate and appropriate care,
and to receive, in terms you can understand, information
regarding your treatment including the risks, benefits and
expected duration, alternate course of treatment, if any, and
your prospects for recovery. There are only rare exceptions
to this when the doctor determines that sharing such information
with his/her patient is medically contraindicated.
- You also have a right to refuse treatment to the extent
allowed by law and to be informed about the consequences of that
- You have a right to know in advance about any experimental
treatment proposed for you and can refuse to participate in the
experiment without jeopardizing your right to receive continuing
treatment in any way.
- Students in clinical training may observe the delivery of
health care to you. If you object, no students except those
involved in your care will be present during any procedure,
examination, or consultation.
- Your medical records are confidential and will not be
disclosed to a third party, except in accordance with HIPAA and
the Michigan law. As stated in HIPAA, we will obtain a
signed patient authorization for treatment, payment, or health
- You, however, have a right to inspect your medical records or
to receive a copy of them for a reasonable fee. All you
have to do is give us reasonable notice that you want to see them
or ask us to make a copy and pay a reasonable per page copying
- You will not be denied appropriate care on the basis of race,
religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status,
sexual preference or source of payment.