Patient Bill of Rights

Your rights as a patient of Midwestern University Clinics.

The Midwestern University Clinics are committed to providing quality care and service for our patients. As a health sciences university, we also provide training for future healthcare professionals who are supervised by our faculty. As a partner in this educational process, you have the right to:

  1. Impartial access to treatment without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, diagnosis, marital status, military and/or veteran status, or public assistance status.
  2. Receive care in a safe setting, be treated with dignity, respect, and consideration; and receive treatment that supports and respects the patient’s individuality, choices, strengths, and abilities; and will not be subjected to abuse, neglect, exploitation, coercion, manipulation, sexual abuse, sexual assault, seclusion, restraint (if not necessary to prevent imminent harm to self or others), retaliation for submitting a complaint to either the Arizona Department of Health Services or the Illinois Department of Public Health, or another entity, or misappropriation of persona or private property by an outpatient treatment center.
  3. Receive privacy in treatment and care for personal needs, including the right to request to have another person present during certain parts of a physical examination, treatment, or procedure performed by a health professional.
  4. Review, upon written request, the patient’s own medical record as set forth in: Arizona, A.R.S. §§ 12-2293, 12-2294, and 12- 2294.01; or in Illinois, 735 ILCS 5/2001 and 2001.5; and ask that your doctor amend your record if it is not accurate, relevant, or complete.
  5. Receive a referral to another healthcare provider if Midwestern University Clinics are not authorized, not able to or no longer able to provide the required physical or behavioral health services.
  6. Participate or have the patient’s healthcare power of attorney/guardian on file participate in the development of or decisions concerning treatment, including an explanation of the prescribed treatment, treatment alternatives, the option to refuse or withdraw consent for treatment before treatment is initiated (except in an emergency), the risk of no treatment, expected outcomes of the treatment, and to be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  7. Participate or refuse to participate in research or experimental treatment.
  8. Receive assistance from a family member, the patient’s representative, or other individual in understanding, protecting, or exercising the patient’s rights.
  9. Receive accurate and easily understood information about your healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities.
  10. Ask for and receive an itemized bill and receive an explanation of your bills.
  11. Consent to photographs before a patient is photographed.
  12. Receive continuing care by your healthcare provider, under certain circumstances, when your health plan changes and your healthcare provider is not included in the new plan or your healthcare provider terminates his or her relationship with the health care plan.
  13. A prompt and reasonable response to any complaint you have about your healthcare provider. This includes complaints about waiting times, operation hours, the actions of healthcare personnel, and the adequacy of healthcare facilities.