Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The staff at University Health Services (UHS) is pleased to work with you to keep you in optimal health. We would like your visits with our staff to be valuable, whether they are to learn about and maintain your health or to help you recover from illness or injury.

We encourage you to take an active role in managing your health. We can work together most effectively if you understand what to expect from us and what we expect from you. Here is a summary of your rights and responsibilities as a user of health services. If you would like more information about any of these points, please ask your provider or another UHS staff member.


As a health care consumer, you have the right to:

  • Choice of Service Providers – Choose or change your provider from among the UHS staff of qualified health care professionals.
  • Considerate and Respectful Care – Have your individual dignity respected regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, class, physical ability, genetic information, position in the community, lifestyle or other personal attributes.
  • Privacy – Expect that your discussions, examinations and treatments will be conducted in a private, safe environment.
  • Confidentiality – Expect confidential treatment of all communications and records relating to you. Except as provided by law, your written permission must be obtained before information is given to anyone not directly connected with your care. Before you consent to a release of information, you may discuss what information will be released.
  • Responsive Service – Expect a timely response to any reasonable requests made for service. However, you do not have the right to insist on inappropriate or medically unnecessary treatment or services.
  • Access to Your Records – Have access to information contained in the records within a reasonable time frame, except in certain circumstances specified by law.
  • Written Notice – Receive a written “Notice of Privacy Practices” that explains how your protected health information will be used and disclosed.
  • Interpreter Service – Request the services of an interpreter if needed, at no cost to you.
  • Patient Attendant Service – You have the right as a patient to request a UHS staff member accompany you during your medical exam for comfort and support.

  • Know Your Fees – Be informed of fees incurred during your visit and of payment policies.
  • Understanding – Be an active participant in decisions regarding your health. You have the right to understand, and to request information about, the following:
    • University Health Services policies
    • The name and title of the person providing service to you
    • Our assessment of your problem
    • What tests are being recommended and why
    • What treatment and/or medication is recommended and its side effects and significant risks
    • Alternate courses of treatment or non-treatment, and the side effects and significant risks associated with each
    • The prospects for resolution of your problem, and how this problem might be prevented in the future
    • Your right to refuse participation in any research projects being conducted at UHS
    • How to express concerns to the organization, either through UHS procedures or through campus resources such as the Student or Faculty/Staff Ombudsperson.


As a health care consumer, you have the responsibility to:

  • Answer Questions Fully – To the best of your ability, provide accurate and complete information to your health care providers about any matters pertaining to your health, any medications (including over-the-counter products and dietary supplements) and any allergies or sensitivities. If you do not understand why certain information is necessary, please ask.
  • Make Sure You Understand – Ask your healthcare provider about anything you do not understand, such as a diagnosis, treatment plan, test or policy. Diagnosis & treatment are often very individualized. Your symptoms may require the practitioner to differentiate between several diagnoses, or you may have to try more than one treatment plan to resolve your problem.
  • Be Open – Discuss how you feel about your visit -- anything from your treatment to your ability to pay fees. Call: (510) 642-6621, visit the Administration Office on the third floor, submit a feedback form located throughout the building, or email
  • Follow the Agreed Upon Treatment Plan - Advise us whether you think you can, and want to, follow the agreed upon treatment plan. The most effective plan is the one which all participants agree is the best and which is carried out exactly. If you choose to refuse or not comply with the instructions given to you by your healthcare provider, you will need to accept the consequences of these decisions and actions.
  • Inform - Notify your health care provider about any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect your care.
  • Report Changes – Tell us about any changes in your health or adverse affects of your treatment, or if your symptoms don’t improve. Also tell us about changes in your schedule, and let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot make an appointment.
  • Know Your Health Care Providers – Try to know and remember the names of the people who serve you. We encourage continuity of care and will do our best to make this an easy task.
  • Respect Your Fellow Patients, UHS Staff and the Facility – Show respect for the rights and property of your fellow patients and UHS staff by according them the dignity and courtesy that you expect to receive. Be considerate of the facilities and equipment. Arrange
  • Transportation – If required by your health care provider, provide a responsible person to transport you home from the facility and remain with you for 24 hours.
  • Pay Your Fees – Pay fees on the day of your service or make payment arrangements with the UHS Cashier’s Office to assure your financial obligations for your health care are fulfilled.
  • Maximize Healthy Habits – Take responsibility for your health by maximizing healthy habits such as exercising, eating a healthful diet and not smoking.