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Does my doctor have the right to tell my parents about my health? The answer from kidshelpphone.ca

 

Answer: The age at which a young person can access health services confidentially will depend on two things:
1) The age of majority for your province or territory (usually 18 or 19). Most provinces also have a ‘mature minor’ clause in their health legislation. This clause allows a young person under the age of majority to consent to treatment if the doctor believes they understand the risks and benefits of the treatment. There are usually still age restrictions within this clause (age 16 is often used) and a young person’s legal ability to consent will change depending on what the treatment is.
2) The rules at the hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office you visit. You can ask about their confidentiality rules when you are making your appointment.

 

This entry was posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 3:25 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.