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Medical Care Rights in California

You Have the Right to Receive Care When You Need It

You Have the Right to Understand Your Medical Problems and Treatments

  • To see a written diagnosis (description of your medical problem).
  • To give informed consent when you have a treatment.

You Have the Right to File a Complaint and Ask for an Independent Medical Review

You Have the Right to Choose Your Own Doctor

You Have the Right to See Your Medical Records

  • To get a copy of your records (you may be charged for the copying).
  • To add your own notes to your records.
  • To keep your medical records private.

You Have the Right to Have an Advanced Directive

An Advanced Directive tells your doctor, family, and friends about the medical care you want if you can no longer make decisions for yourself. It explains the types of special treatment you want or do not want. The state Attorney General's office has more information. Call 1-800-952-5225.

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