For Patients & Visitors
Patient Rights & Responsibilities
Mayo Clinic Health System wants you to receive the best possible care and be a partner in your care. Listed below are your rights and responsibilities that will help make your care as safe and effective as possible.
- English: Minnesota Patient Bill of Rights
- Español: Declaración de Los Derechos Del Paciente De Minnesota
- English: Wisconsin Patient Bill of Rights
- Español: Derechos y Responsabilidades del Paciente de Wisconsin
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Privacy and medical information
Chaperone during care
A patient or the patient's legal representative, such as a parent, guardian or surrogate, has the right to request a chaperone during the patient's examination or treatment. The health care team may request to have a chaperone present during the patient's examination or treatment.
Federal civil rights
- English: Notice of Nondiscrimination
- Español: Declaración Sobre la Política Antidiscriminatoria e Igualdad Oportunidades
- English: Civil Rights Grievance Procedure Notification
- Español: Notificación Sobre el Procedimiento para Reclamos de los Derechos Diviles
- English: Section 504 Notice of Program Accessibility
- Español: Sección 504: Notificación Sobre el Programa de Accesibilidad
Learn about your responsibilities as a patient and role as the central member of your health care team.
Research shows that when you're involved in your health care decisions, you have better outcomes. Therefore, it's important to stay informed, ask questions and speak up if you have any concerns.
To prevent health care errors, you're encouraged to become involved in your care by:
- Participating in all decisions about your treatment.
- Paying attention to the care you receive. Always make sure you're getting the right treatments and medications by the right health care professionals. Don't assume anything.
- Speaking up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don't understand, ask again. It's your body, and you have a right to know.
- Educating yourself about your illness. Learn about the medical tests you receive and your treatment plan.
- Knowing what medicines you take and why you take them. Medication errors are the most common health care mistakes.
- Asking a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate, adviser or supporter.