canadian youth must be allowed to make their own medical decision
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It is important to point out that most Canadian provinces do not have a set age where youth can or cannot make medical decisions for themselves. Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan follow a "mature minor doctrine", meaning that if the physician deems a minor capable of making his/her own decisions, the minor has full rights to decide his/her own treatment. Quebec allows 14 year olds to consent to medical treatment, although additional parental consent is needed if the treatment in question is not necessarily required or could potentially put the child at risk. New Brunswick legislation states that a minor under 16 may make their own medical decisions if two medical practioners believe that he/she is fully aware of the consequences and possesses a mature level of understanding of the issue.
"Children know whats[sic] best for them" is not always true. Children may think they know what is best for them. Most lack experience in the world or general knowledge to be able to make informed decisions. That is why they require the care of parents. Children may not fully be aware of the consequences of their decision, and when dealing with medical issues, this could prove to be dangerous. This carries to the next point. "[Children] are the ones that are suffering not the adults". In regards to pain, this starement is true. However, adults bear the emotional and part of the physical burden as well. Parents and relatives are emptionally impacted by a child in pain. They must invest time, energy, and money into their care. Not only parents, doctors and nurses are also impacted by a medical decision. Therefore, a child should not have full control over their medical decisions.
Lastly, "In order for the best decisions to be made regardless of there [sic] mental or physical state canadian youth must be involved in making the medical decisions" is a careless argument. Under optimum circumstances it is debateable whether youth are capable of making informed and mature decisions. Under mental or physical duress, decision-making capabilities is largely impacted in a negative way. Mentally ill adults can be deemed incompetent to make medical decisions, much less children.
Current Canadian laws demonstrate that youth are allowed to make medical decisions under specific circumstances. This is a functional and encompassing legislation that does not require modification to allow greater influence by youth, as they may or may not be informed enough to make decisions, they do not bear the consequences alone, and their mental and physical state should play a large part in whether they are allowed to make the decision at all.
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