Jul
12

Age of Consent and Medical Issues

When does a child have autonomy to decide about his/her own medical treatment? Who decides about access to a child’s health records? In Ontario, there is no specific age that determines when a child has the right to decide about his/her own medical treatment. A health care provider in Ontario must determine if the child has capacity to consent to treatment or refuse treatment. Readers may be surprised to learn that while parents may be consulted, it is the health…

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