Assembly to take up informed consent bill

Doctors not required to give patients as much information about treatments

Published On: May 08 2013 06:30:19 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Doctors would not be required to give patients as much information about alternative treatments available to them under a bill scheduled for a vote in the state Assembly.

The Republican-sponsored measure up for a vote Wednesday has the backing of many in the medical community despite concerns from some that patients won't get helpful information.

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

The measure would change the law from a "reasonable patient standard" to a "reasonable physician standard."