Proposed change to informed consent law advances

Doctors would not be required to give patients as much information about alternative treatments available to them under a bill passed by an Assembly committee.

The Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 to pass the measure Thursday on a party line vote. It now heads to the full Assembly.

Many in the medical community back the proposal 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.”