Bill of Rights: Medical Care Rights (with audio descriptions)
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Bill of Rights: Medical Care Rights (with audio descriptions)

October 20, 2019


Hello and welcome! This video is brought to you by the Minnesota
Department of Health. We are going to show viewers, like you, about
the rights people have when living at group homes and residences that are supervised. You have the right to know about your medical
care. You have the right to information about your
doctor, and your medical treatment and care. You have the right to know about other health
services available to you from companies outside your group home. You do not have to take part in a medical
study or medical experiment. If you want to take part in a study or experiment,
you must give the okay in writing. When possible, the group home will try to
give you the same care team, and provide you with a schedule for your care. You have the right to know things about your
doctor. You have the right to know the name of your
doctor. You can ask for your doctor’s business address,
phone number, and specialty. A specialty is the medical service your doctor
knows best. You can also ask the staff to write down your
doctor’s information and give it to you. Sometimes, you or your medical care team might
decide it is better for you to give this information to your guardian or another person to help
you with making decisions about your medical care. If asked, staff must give this information,
in writing, to a person you choose to speak for you. You have the right to know things about other
people who give you healthcare too. You have the right to know the names and addresses
of these healthcare people. You also have the right to know what kinds
of services these healthcare workers will give to you. Just like for your doctor, you have the right
for this information in writing. The staff must give this information to you
when you ask for it. Sometimes, you or your medical care team might
decide it is better for you to give this information to your guardian or another person to help
you with making decisions about your medical care. The staff must give this information, in writing,
to your guardian too. Your doctor and other healthcare workers must
give you information about the healthcare you are receiving. They must give you the information in a way
you can understand. You have the right to know and understand
the diagnosis. Your doctor must tell you what is making you
sick. You have the right to know and understand
the treatment. Your doctor must tell you the ways your sickness
can be treated and the risks of the treatments. This means what may or may not happen with
different treatments. You also have the right to know and understand
your prognosis. Your doctor must tell you whether or not you
will be ok after treatment. Because this kind of information is sometimes
hard to understand, you have the right to have someone with you when your doctor explains
these things to you. This could be a family member, or someone
you have chosen to speak for you. You have the right to refuse information about
your care too. Sometimes, you or your medical care team might
decide it is better for you to give this information to your guardian or another person to help
you with making decisions about your medical care. If asked, staff must give this information,
in writing, to a person you choose to speak for you. If you have breast cancer, you have the right
to know about all the different kinds of treatments. Your doctor must tell you about treatments
and all the risks for each kind of treatment in a way you can understand. You have the right to continuity of care. This means that your care must be provided
on a regular schedule and that the same people should care for you whenever possible. The staff at your group home will make every
effort to have the same doctor, nurse, and other healthcare workers care for you. You will be notified of changes to your healthcare
staff if changed. You have the right to participate in research
studies. You also have the right to say no to any research
studies. Research is done to test new treatments before
they are allowed for everyone else. Before you are in research studies, you have
the right to be told about the treatment and any side effects. You must give permission in writing to be
in a research study. Whether you give your permission to participate
in research studies or not, this information must be part of your record.

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