For years, “families” have struggled with visitation “rights” in a hospital. Facilities have differing rules on visitors. The general rule is that a person has a right to see whoever they want and the hospital cannot deny it, but this is hard to enforce when the person is not capable. Most hospitals default to traditional family relationships, so “boyfriends,” “girlfriends,” and other social (but not “blood” or “marriage”) relations are sometimes denied access to a patient. A new rule is being designed to fix this problem. See the DHHS website for more information.

Medicare Proposes New Rules to Ensure Equal Visitation Rights for All Hospital Patients