Adults and Consent to Medical Care

Do you have the right to refuse medical care? Who and what allows doctors to treat you if you're unconscious or unable to indicate what medical treatment you want? This script discusses the laws that apply to adults in BC relating to consent to medical care.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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January 2016 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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Chinese (simplified) (PDF)
Mandarin (audio/podcast)
Punjabi (PDF)

resource type
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)
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