Right to Communicate by Mail and Phone

In general, every patient is permitted to communicate by sealed mail and telephone.

The hospital is required to furnish writing materials and postage to any patient. However, the hospital is allowed to restrict this right if the patient has sent threatening or harassing mail or if the hospital determines that is it medically harmful to the person to receive mail.

Every patient has the right to make and receive telephone calls, and public telephones must be made available. However, this right may be restricted if the hospital determines that the patient has made obscene or threatening calls or it is medically harmful for the patient to receive calls.