This Bill, first passed in 1997, the Patients’ Bill of Rights set standards for the healthcare system about doctor-patient relationships and to a patients’ rights to information and care. Included in this Bill is the right of the patient to be treated with dignity and respect; the obligation of the provider to offer equal care regardless of whether the patient is enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, is a veteran or government employee covered by an employer or private health insurance, or even if  the patient has no healthcare coverage.  The Bill says that patients have the right to know treatment options and take part in decisions their your care. See the full Bill here:  http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/patient_rights/docs/english.pdf

In 2010, a new Patient’s Bill of Rights was created along with the Affordable Care Act. This bill of rights was designed to give new patient protections in dealing with insurance companies and will be phased in over a period of time. The new Bill and an explanation can be seen here : http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/rights/bill-of-rights/index.html