Sometimes, despite good intentions, conversations can go sideways.
This happens in health care too – but in Ontario we can avoid these kinds of awkward conversations because we have the Health Care Consent Act.
The physician proposes the treatment plan and then asks for consent. The patient provides consent – or doesn’t. And if the patient can’t make the decision, someone else – called the substitute decision maker – gets involved.
Everyone has a role to play, and knowing your role will help everyone to receive the best care possible.