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Patient Rights

LEGISLATIVE INTENT: It is the intent of the Legislature and the purpose of this statement to promote the interests and well-being of the patients of health care facilities. No health care facility may require a patient to waive these rights as a condition of admission of the facility. This is an abbreviated version of the Patients Bill of Rights. A complete version can be found in each patient room of the hospital or by contacting the Administrator of the Hospital. PUBLIC POLICY DECLARATION: It is declared to be the public policy of this state that the interest of each patient be protected by a declaration of a patient bill of rights which shall include but not be limited to the rights specified in this statement.
  • Information About Rights
  • Courteous Treatment
  • Appropriate Health Care
  • Physician Identity
  • Relationship With Other Health Services
  • Information About Treatment
  • Participation in Planning Treatment
  • Continuity of Care
  • Right to Refuse Care
  • Experimental Research
  • Maltreatment
  • Treatment Privacy
  • Confidentiality of Records
  • Disclosure of Services Available
  • Responsive Service
  • Personal Privacy
  • Grievances
  • Communication Privacy
  • Personal Property
  • Services for the Facility
  • Protection and Advocacy Services
  • Right to Communication Disclosure and Right To Associate
  • Isolation and Restraints
  • Treatment Plan

Inquiries or complaints regarding medical treatment or the Patients Bill of Rights may be directed to:

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246
612-617-2130
800-657-3709

Office of Health Facility Complaints
85 E. Seventh Place , Suite 220
PO Box 64970
St. Paul, MN 55164-0970
651-201-4201
800-369-7994

Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care
85 E. Seventh Place, Suite 280
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-431-2555
800-657-3591