Part 2: Basic Patient Rights (FAQ 15 of 65)
Right to a Notice of Privacy Practices
15. Should I Read the Notice?
The requirement that each covered entity prepare a notice was a big advance in privacy protection. That remains true even if most patients never read the notice. The notice also tells a covered entity's employees what the privacy rules are. That is just as important as telling the patients what the rules are. In the past, employees often didn't know whether there were privacy rules or what those rules stated.
To put it another way, you have privacy rights whether or not you know the details. Your rights do not depend on your level of understanding. You can do a better job of protecting your rights if you know more, of course.
Here's what's really important: