Patients’ Bill of Rights
Every resident in Ontario has the following rights:
- The right to receive all necessary health care services in a health care system that,
- Is accessible, universal, comprehensive and publicly administered and funded
- Offers freedom of choice,
- Provides timely treatment,
- Does not allow personal income to determine access to health care services, and
- Recognizes that every provider of health care services is a valued member of a multidisciplinary health care team
- The right to give or refuse consent to the provision of health care services.
- The right to all information necessary to make fully informed health care choices, including information about who will provide particular services and about the qualifications of those providers.
- The right to receive publicly funded health care of high quality in the home and in the community as well as in health care facilities.
- The right to receive information, whether in a health care facility or in the community, about choices that promote good health and measures that prevent illness and accident.
- The right to be dealt with by health care service providers
- With courtesy and respect,
- In a manner that recognizes individual dignity and privacy and promotes individual autonomy,
- In a manner that recognizes and responds to individual needs and preferences, including those based on ethnic, spiritual, linguistic, familial and cultural factors.
From: Bill 22, Patients’ Bill of Rights, Ontario