Understanding your rights and responsibilities in hospital

Understanding your rights and responsibilites in hospital 

From medical costs, informed financial consent and trusting family members to make decisions on your behalf, understanding your rights and responsibilities is important.

Understanding your hospital cover

To avoid unexpected out of pocket costs and to help you feel more comfortable about your hospital stay, make sure you understand your GMHBA policy. If you need further information, we’re here to help.

Informed financial consent

Once you have chosen your specialist, ensure they supply you with an informed financial consent document. This document provides you with an estimate of fees for the proposed treatment and should indicate the medical gap or out-of-pocket expenses. Knowing how much your treatment will cost is called Informed Financial Consent or a ‘written estimate of fees’. 

Once your treating specialist and hospital have provided this information, you can review your proposed treatment plan

Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document where you appoint a trusted person of your choice to manage your assets and financial affairs if you are unable to do so due to illness or an accident or in your absence.

A medical power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you become mentally or physically incapable of deciding for yourself. 

Step 9: After your treatment

What to expect after a treatment or surgery can differ depending on your expected outcome. Understand what questions to ask your specialist after your treatment, and learn about rehabilitation and support.