Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Hospital care is complex and requires many choices and decisions. This complexity can be confusing and even frightening for patients at a time when they need to make important decisions and focus on coping with their illness.

It is our responsibility to help ensure that patients and their families are aware of their rights and responsibilities, and have the information that will allow them to protect their dignity and independence. These rights and responsibilities are addressed for UW Medical Center and UW Medicine Primary Care, and for Harborview Medical Center.

Further, families and patients' support systems have a significant impact on response to health and illness; therefore, patient/family contacts are encouraged and promoted as frequently as possible. Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and families for support, comfort, and care when the presence of family and friends are most desired. Our family and visitor guidelines are addressed in the COVID-19 Visitor Policy for hospitals and clinics.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Discrimination is against the law: UW Medicine complies with applicable federal civil rights laws, including the ACA section 1557, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

Reproductive Health Care

The following documents describe the availability of reproductive health services, by hospital: