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GOP proposal would change informed consent law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The Government wants to strip GPs of the power to write sick notes

The Government wants to strip GPs of the power to write sick notes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Doctors wouldn't have to give patients as much information about alternative treatments under a Republican-sponsored bill in the Legislature.

It's a reaction to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said a doctor's "informed consent" duty includes telling a patient about tests and treatments that may be appropriate for a patient's symptoms -- even if the doctor doesn't believe the patient has the underlying condition or disease.

The ruling stemmed from the case of a man diagnosed with Bell's palsy. His doctor ordered tests to rule out one kind of stroke, but didn't order another that might have detected a different kind of stroke that he suffered 11 days later.

GOP Rep. Jim Ott says expanded consent will increase medical costs. Democrats say it would be a disservice to patients.


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