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Patient Rights and Responsibilities



  1. To receive considerate and respectful care at the Stony Brook Student Health Service.
  2. To an explanation of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in understandable terms.
  3. To receive all necessary information to participate in decisions with regard to your care.
  4. To refuse treatment and to be informed of the consequences of making this decision.
  5. To privacy.
  6. To confidential treatment of disclosures and medical records, and, except when required by law, is afforded the opportunity to approve or refuse their release.
  7. To know the names and titles of the people involved in your care and the right to change practitioners.
  8. To a full explanation of any research or experimental procedure proposed for treatment and the opportunity to refuse to participate.
  9. To be informed of possible charges related to your treatment
  10. To another medical opinion.
  11. To change providers if other qualified providers are available.




  1. To provide accurate and complete information about your medical history and to inform clinicians of any changes in your health status that could affect your treatment
  2. To adhere to a prescribed treatment plan and to discuss any desired change with your clinician.
  3. To act in a considerate and cooperative manner with the Student Health Center Staff.
  4.  To ask questions and seek clarification regarding areas of concern.
  5.  To weigh the consequences of non-compliance regarding instructions, recommendations and follow-up visits.
  6. To assist the clinicians in compiling a complete record by authorizing the Student Health Service to obtain necessary medical information from appropriate sources.
  7.  To keep appointments on time.
  8.  To cancel appointments only when absolutely necessary, and far enough in advance so that other patients might utilize that time.
  9.  To accept personal financial responsibility for any charges not covered by insurance.

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