Jul
30
A brief walk-through of Mental Health Law

A brief walk-through of Mental Health Law

At a time like this, when our city witnesses the grave fallout of mental illness, people look for answers and explanations. Below is an overview of mental health law to help explain the system, as imperfect as it is. The Basic Premise Mental health law is based on the premise that everyone is capable to make their own health treatment decisions.  There is no age limit as to when a person can assert their own choice about treatment, thus even…

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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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