Informed consent for medical treatment
Informed consent for medical treatment is your agreement for a healthcare professional to provide you with treatment and care, including any tests, medicines, treatments or procedures.
As part of this process, your healthcare provider will explain to you:
- The treatment options available to you
- Any risks, and the likelihood of those risks, associated with those options
- The benefits associated with each option
- The purpose of the procedure that you are consenting to
- The costs or any out of pocket expenses associated with the recommended treatment option.
It is important for you to let your healthcare provider know if you don’t understand any information provided to you, need any further information or have any questions.
Informed consent for medical treatment requires that you are given clear and understandable information about your treatment options so that you can make the right decisions about your health and care options.
If you have any questions or require any further information about informed consent, please discuss these with your healthcare provider.
A number of healthcare providers in Australia use an online service known as MedConsent to collect information from their patients and to provide them with detailed information about their planned procedure.
If your healthcare provider uses MedConsent to assist with the informed consent process, they will let you know.
If this is the case, you will be sent a link via email or text which will take you to a form to complete. You will then be sent information about your procedure for you to read and acknowledge online.
If you have any questions as part of this process, you can send a secure message to your healthcare provider at any time – and they too can reply to you within the same communication platform.
You can read more about how MedConsent works here.
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