Common Questions

What rights do patients have around consent to health care?

Generally, both adults and children (if capable) can be given health care only with their consent (permission). But if a person is unconscious, mentally incapable, or otherwise unable to give consent, the law sets out procedures to follow.

Good starting points include:

  • Consent to Health Care, from the Public Guardian and Trustee, explains what the law says about who can give consent to health care, and how problems can be resolved.
  • Refusing Health Care: What are my rights?, from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, discusses the law in British Columbia that governs giving, refusing and withdrawing consent for health care.
  • Children and Consent to Medical Care, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of the laws around consent to health care for children.

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Last reviewed May 2015
 
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