Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Patient Rights

  • You have the right to receive considerate and respectful care at Harcum College Health Services.
  • You have the right to an explanation of your diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in terms you can understand.
  • You have the right to refuse medical treatment, except as prohibited by law, and to be completely informed of the consequences of making this decision.
  • You have the right to involve family members in your care decisions. When you cannot make care decisions, a surrogate decision maker is designated. A family member may be designated as a surrogate.
  • You have the right to respect for your personal privacy and this will be respected by all staff at Harcum College.
  • You have the right to have your medical records kept confidential and be released only with your written consent, to any persons not legitimately involved with your care, or for public health disclosures, in cases of medical emergencies, or in response to court-ordered subpoenas. You also have the right to restrict disclosures of your personal health information and to request an accounting of disclosures.
  • You have the right to review any medical records created and maintained by Harcum College Health Services regarding your care and treatment, and to request amendments to these records.
  • You have the right to know the names and positions of those individuals involved in your care, by official name tags or personal introductions.
  • You have the right to file a grievance with the administration if you feel any of these rights have been violated.


Patient Responsibilities


  • You are responsible for providing accurate information concerning your medical history.
  • You are responsible for asking questions if you do not understand the explanation of your diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, or any instructions given to you.
  • You are responsible for providing information necessary for processing insurance claims.
  • You are responsible for any charges billed to you.
  • You are responsible for following all rules and regulations that are posted within Harcum College.