Can a 15 year old make medical decisions?

A Child’s Ability to Make His or Her Own Health Decisions

A minor may make all his or her own medical decisions without parental consent where the minor is 15 or older, living apart from the parents or guardians, and managing his or her own medical affairs.

Does a minor have the right to refuse medical treatment?

A competent adult patient also has the right to refuse medical treatment by simply withholding or withdrawing his consent. … In fact, minors can be mature enough to refuse treatment at a much earlier time than the age of legal majority, whatever the consequences of that refusal may be.

When can a child refuse medical treatment?

A child 14 to 17 can refuse any type of health care: either necessary or not necesssary to the child’s health. However, if the child’s parents or tutor don’t agree with the refusal, and want the child to receive the care anyway, they need a judge’s permission.

Can adolescents refuse treatment?

In gen- eral, adolescents do not have the legal authority to consent to or refuse most medical interventions, with a few notable exceptions (usually involving birth control, pregnancy-related care, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and the treatment of substance and alcohol abuse).

What age can you make medical decisions for yourself?

You can if you are 18 years or older and are capable of making your own medical decisions. You do not need a lawyer. WHO CAN I NAME AS MY AGENT? You can choose an adult relative or any other person you trust to speak for you when medical decisions must be made.