California Patient Rights

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California Patient Rights
 

Discover health care resources specific for California residents.

Your Health Rights in California

You have many rights available to you in California. These rights include the right to make decisions regarding medical care, the right to accept or refuse treatment, and the right to initiate.

The resources here will walk you through the rights available to you here in California.

Resources

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
The most common form is the durable (for financial use) and the medical, which allow for a person to handle any monetary or medical decision on your behalf in the chance you may not be able to speak or handle them yourself. The biggest difference is when the power ends. A general power of attorney ends when a person becomes mentally incapable because of sickness or injury to handle his or her own affairs. To get a durable power of attorney, you must show in the document your intention that the powers will continue despite incapacity.
https://powerofattorney.com/california/Free California Power Of Attorney Form Templates
https://www.lawdepot.com/contracts/power-of-attorney-form/

California Patient Rights
These 23 patient rights were put together by the California Hospital Association. These patient rights combine Title 22 and other California laws, and The Joint Commission and Medicare Conditions of Participation requirements. Very informative and easy to read and understand.
https://www.calhospital.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/patientrig...

The State of California Department of Justice: Health Care
The Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit of the State of California Department of Justice focuses on protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws. This unit will enforce laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government. This includes laws relating to cyber privacy, health privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, government records and data breaches. 
https://oag.ca.gov/health-care 

The California Health and Human Services Agency: CalOHII
The California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) has responsibility to provide oversight and assistance to state departments and ensure they are in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other related state and federal laws. CalOHII is a resource to state departments, California residents, and physicians on HIPAA.
https://www.chhs.ca.gov/ohii/resources/