BILL OF RIGHTS
21st Century health care is going to be patient-centered care - and more than just lip service to that concept. The movement toward a Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is a major part of the advancements of 21st Century Medicine and health care.
The Duke Wheel of Health shown on this web site is a visual model for 21st Century medicine with the patient at the center of and responsible for their own best health and health care. Nothing is more definitive of and predictive of maximum health than the lifestyle choices each person makes in their own lives. The outer blue part of the Wheel of Health is the professional spectrum of conventional and complementary services that can support each person in optimizing their health through prevention and early intervention.
We do not yet have a national Patients Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in the United States but here are some examples of what major academic university medical centers have implemented on their own. You can compare their Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities at your local hospitals to these top centers.
The Affordable Care Act includes a proposed Patient Bill of Rights that may give you an idea of the legislation under consideration
What do you agree with? What would you change or add?