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Adults and Consent to Health Care

Adults and Consent to Health Care

Generally speaking, adults can only be given health care with their consent. We explain consent, and the exceptions to this general rule, including what happens when someone is mentally incapable.

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People's Law School
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June 2018 i Last date reviewed by a qualified expert to ensure content up-to-date. See "Tips" in Clicklaw content criteria (bottom of pageside menu) for details.
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medical treatment, consent to medical care, making decisions about medical care, person who is mentally incapable, medical emergency, doctors & health care providers, Dial-A-Law, advance directive, temporary substitute decision-maker (TSDM)