Children and Consent to Health Care

Can children consent to medical care? Yes, if they are capable. This script discusses what capable means. Also covered is whether the doctor can talk with the child's parents, whether medical care has to be in the child's best interest, and whether consent to medical care is needed in emergencies.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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medical treatment, consent to medical care, children's rights, rights of teens, medical emergency, doctors & health care providers, Dial-A-Law
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