Location Map FAQ
As a patient of SMMC, you have the right, consistent with the law, to:
- Upon request and if available, have a same-sex treating physician and/or nurse;
- Have a person present during certain parts of a physical examination, treatment or procedure performed by a health professional of the opposite sex, as long as this does not interfere with the care provision;
- Not remain disrobed for any longer than is required for accomplishing the medical purpose;
- Wear appropriate personal clothing or religious or other symbolic items, as long as they do not interfere with diagnostic procedures or treatments;
- Request a transfer to another room (if possible) if another patient or visitor in the room is unreasonably disturbing you;
- Request to be placed in protective privacy when considered necessary for personal safety.
St. Maarten Medical Center
Welgelegen Road 30
Cay Hill, Sint Maarten
+1-721-543-1111 ext. 2500
Refuse information, medications, care, or treatment or procedure offered by SMMC to the extent permitted by law. The physician will inform you of the medical consequences by refusal and provide you with a ‘Release from Liability for Discharge and/or Refusal of Treatment form’.
Receive all medical and nursing care without discrimination defined by SMMC standards and by law.
Receive a detailed explanation of your medical bill and/or counseling concerning the ability to pay your bill.
Be transferred to another facility when medically possible. Beforehand, you or your appointed representative will receive a full explanation for the need of such a transfer. The institution to which you are being transferred must first have accepted you before physically being transferred.
Expect SMMC to provide discharge instructions whereby you are informed of your continuing health care requirements upon discharge and the means for meeting them.
Access persons outside of the hospital by means of visitors and by verbal and/or written communication. SMMC reserves the right to limit or cancel visiting hours pending any disaster or other emergency situation such as a pandemic.
Be free of any form of restraint (physical, chemical (medications), or environmental) used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff and is not medically necessary.
Privacy and to receive care in a safe setting, free from all forms of abuse or harassment, especially vulnerable patients such as infants, children, the elderly and comatose patients.
Expect that your possessions will be safeguarded when you are unable to assume that responsibility or when you request in writing for SMMC to safeguard your possessions, in line with SMMC’s policy.
As a patient of SMMC, your responsibilities are:
Pediatric Rights and Responsibilities for families