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The legal issues around consenting to health care.

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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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Children and consent to health care

Children and consent to health care

In BC, a child under age 19 may consent to their own health care, if the child is capable. Learn what this means and other issues of health care consent.

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