Patients’ Bill of Rights

Every resident in Ontario has the following rights:

  1. The right to receive all necessary health care services in a health care system that,
    1. Is accessible, universal, comprehensive and publicly administered and funded
    2. Offers freedom of choice,
    3. Provides timely treatment,
    4. Does not allow personal income to determine access to health care services, and
    5. Recognizes that every provider of health care services is a valued member of a multidisciplinary health care team
  2. The right to give or refuse consent to the provision of health care services.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The right to be dealt with by health care service providers
    1. With courtesy and respect,
    2. In a manner that recognizes individual dignity and privacy and promotes individual autonomy,
    3. 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