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Amputee Bill of Rights

By: Amputee Coalition of America

You have the right to:

  • Receive clear, complete information about your surgery, medical care and therapy.
  • Take part in decisions affecting your health and well-being.
  • Be involved in developing your plan of care.
  • Set goals for what you want to achieve.
  • Set goals for your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Set goals for preventing other health conditions that may result from your amputation, including further surgery.
  • Receive support from a certified peer visitor.
  • Be informed about funding for healthcare.
  • Be informed about returning to work and opportunities for recreation.
  • Be informed about prosthetic and orthotic services, healthcare products and new technology.
  • Select qualified healthcare providers.
  • Ask for help when you are unhappy with healthcare products or the care you receive.

You have the responsibility to:

  • Stay informed about healthcare products and services.
  • Learn about healthcare products and services that are appropriate, safe and effective for you.
  • Express concerns about quality of care, billing practices, and healthcare products or services.