Patient Rights under Georgia Law

Most states require that a statement of patient rights be posted in health care facilities.

Georgia requires a declaration as follows:

 

The declaration must:

contain the following language with no alterations, deletions or additions: The patient has the right to file a grievance with the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, concerning the physician, staff, office and treatment received. The patient should either call the board with such a complaint or send a written complaint to the board. The patient should be able to provide the physician or practice name, the address and the specific nature of the complaint. Complaints may be reported to the Board at the following address or telephone number:

Composite State Board of Medical Examiners

Attn. Complaints Unit

No. 2 Peachtree Street, N.W. 36th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 656-3913

            Further, the declaration must:

be prominently displayed in a sign that is 8 1/2 inches × 11 inches in type that is no smaller than 24 point Times Roman print in black on white background. It shall be displayed in the physician’s waiting room in an area that is not obstructed and can be easily viewed by patients.


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