Drugs and Treatments: Your Legal Rights
You have the right:
- To receive information about your health condition, including a discussion about what may happen and when.
- To be informed about the risks and benefits of any aspect of your treatment, including drugs, as well as of the alternatives.
- To make decisions about your health and treatment.
- To refuse a drug or treatment.
- To change your mind at any time and for any reason.
All medical facilities that receive money from Medicare or Medicaid are required to tell you about your rights and choices about the types and extent of medical care because of the federal Patient Self-Determination Act. The mandate includes hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice organizations and health maintenance organizations
You have the right to share or withhold information about your health from family, friends, employers, and co-workers. This right is not absolute. For instance, you may be required to disclose your health condition in the following circumstances:
- At work, if your health condition could jeopardize you or other workers.
- To sex partners if you have a life-challenging condition that could be sexually transmitted such as HIV/AIDS.
To learn how to obtain information about your condition, see Information About Your Health Condition.
At work: You likely have the right to a reasonable accommodation due to side effects of a medication or to take a treatment because of the Americans With Disabilities Act and similar federal and state laws. To learn more, click here.