Patient Bill of Rights

Patient’s Bill of Rights


The doctors and staff of Columbia recognize that while you are a patient here you have a right, consistent with law to:

  1. Understand these rights and if necessary will supply assistance and an interpreter.
  2. Receive treatment without discrimination as to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, disability or source of payment.
  3. Receive considerate and respectful care in a clean and safe environment.
  4. Receive emergency care if needed.
  5. Be informed of the name and position of the persons rendering care and names and position of administrative staff.
  6. Receive complete information about the dental diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
  7. Receive all the information needed for you to give informed consent including possible risks and benefits.
  8. Refuse treatment and be told of the possible consequences of refusing that treatment.
  9. After a full explanation, have a right to refuse to take part in research.
Privacy and confidentially of all information regarding your care.
Participate in decisions regarding your care.
  10. Obtain your dental record for which you may be charged a reasonable fee.  You cannot be denied a copy solely because of inability to pay.
  11. Receive a receipt for and explanation of all charges.
  12. Complain without fear of reprisals.  If you are not satisfied, you may address your concerns to the section administrator of the area of care. 
  13. If you are still not satisfied, you may call the Office of Patient Relations (212-305-8624).