5. Know your rights
You will likely see the Patient Bill of Rights posted around the hospital. The key highlights include: the right to emergency care without regard to the ability to make payment, the right to receive respectful care, to be treated without discrimination, to understand your care and to refuse treatment.
Karen Friedman, MD, is vice chair for education, residency program director and an asssociate professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She recently co-authored The Informed Patient: A Complete Guide to a Hospital Stay.