Title

Denial of Health Care and Informed Consent in English and American Law

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1992

ISSN

0098-8588

Publisher

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Language

en-US

Abstract

Health care rationing has gained greater visibility in the United States and the United Kingdom, for quite different reasons. As patients in both countries become more aware that potentially beneficial medical services can be denied them on economic — as opposed to purely medical — grounds, they are beginning to seek help from the judiciary. This Article contends that as rationing becomes more explicit, the doctrine of informed consent will come under increased pressure. The Article suggests that courts and legislatures consider imposing a legal obligation on physicians to inform their patients when potentially effective treatment is to be withheld for economic or other non-clinical reasons.

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