Health Matrix, Vol. 5, p. 311, 1995
13 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2010
Date Written: 1995
Concerns about undertreatment have dominated the discussions about parents’ medical decisions on behalf of their children. For example, a parent’s refusal to consent to lifesaving treatment for a severely handicapped newborn has been characterized as child abuse or neglect. A very different question, raised more recently, is whether parental decisions demanding overtreatment for children should also be classified as child abuse and, therefore, constitute a basis to displace parental authority over those decisions. This article explores some of the issues raised by cases of overtreatment and the implications of superseding parental control.
Keywords: Parents medical decisions, undertreatment; overtreatment
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Moore, Dale, Challenging Parental Decisions to Overtreat Children (1995). Health Matrix, Vol. 5, p. 311, 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1568190