Rights & Responsibilities

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is committed to fostering human dignity and preserving the rights of each patient. We treat every patient with respect and courtesy. In turn, patients have a responsibility to take an active role in their own health care. This section will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a patient. 

  • Sometimes an individual’s beliefs and values conflict with the medical or organizational decisions that are made. When such conflicts happen, the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Ethics Committee is available to help.
  • You generally have the right to read your medical record while you are a patient in the hospital if a designated health care professional is present. After discharge, you have the right to obtain copies of your completed medical record.
  • If you have questions, suggestions, concerns or complaints about your care, or if you believe you have been mistreated, denied services or discriminated against in any way, please contact a Patient Representative.

  • An Advance Directive is a legal document used to plan your health care in advance. It allows you to name a Patient Advocate who makes medical decisions about your care, custody and treatment, in the event you are unable to do this for yourself.
  • With the Temporary Delegation Form, you can appoint relatives, friends, teachers, neighbors—or anyone you know and trust who is legally competent and over 18 years of age—to authorize treatment for your child in your absence, for up to six months.
  • Your health care is a cooperative effort between you, your physician and the staff. You have a responsibility to help us provide you with the best possible care.
  • As a patient, you are entitled to important rights. You have the right to ask questions at any time about your care and your condition. You have the right to receive visitors of your own choosing. You have the right to privacy, especially as it pertains to your protected health information.

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