Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Knuckle Dragger Award Nominee

Why did it take 2 1/2 hours and an intervention from a lawyer to allow a seriously ill gay man's partner back to his bedside?


The folks at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital need to be educated about the laws in Oregon regarding "domestic partners" and compassion. Once more we have hospital personnel interfering with the lives and deaths of gay couples. Will same-sex marriage bring an end to this disgusting crap?

From the OHSU Patient Rights Policy:

As an OHSU patient you have a right to:

  • Respect and consideration for your cultural, social, spiritual and personal values, beliefs and preferences.
  • Privacy, confidentiality of your personal health information and personal dignity.
  • Know the names of people who are helping or caring for you.
  • Have a chaperone present during your examination.
  • Tell us who you would like to help you make decisions about your care.
  • Ask questions and receive answers in a way that meets your needs and helps you understand.
  • Be involved in developing and implementing your care plan and the plans for your care after you leave the hospital.
  • Receive information about your health condition and the results of the care we provided you.
  • Informed consent. This means you have the right to understand and agree to the care plan your provider recommends.
  • Informed refusal. This means you have the right to refuse care and receive information about the risks and benefits of refusing the care your provider recommends.
  • Prepare an Advance Directive, which will tell your health care providers or family members in advance about the care you do or do not want to receive. You also have the right to have those decisions respected.
  • Refuse to be part of a research project.
  • Feel free from harassment or discrimination.
  • Feel safe and free from any form of abuse or neglect. You also have the right to ask for protection or help from an advocate during your visit.
  • Access to pastoral and other spiritual services.
  • Request and receive relief from pain, as agreed upon by your provider.
  • Be free from restraint, unless it is necessary to keep you safe.
  • Understand a decision to transfer you to another facility.
  • Review and ask questions about your bill.
  • Tell us about your concerns or complaints, and to receive a response, without affecting the quality or delivery of care.
  • If we are not doing what you expect, we hope you will tell us.

H/T Towleroad

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