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The age of consent in CA for a lot of medical decisions is 12...
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Submitted by flu on May 10, 2019 - 9:22pm
Yup...Just found out in CA that when someone turns 12, that individual has a lot of discretion at whom he/she shares his/her medical information with... Solely at his/her discretion, he/she can refuse to share any information with his/her parents if he/she wants to...
So let's consider a few situations...
1. You suspect your kids are overdosing/crackheads. You can't request the doctor to get him/her tested without his/her consent.
2. You suspect your kid is mentally unstable and wants to get an evaluation just in case he/she might go postal at a school... Can't do it unless you get his/her consent... You can call the police however if you suspect he/she is suicidal or about to go about and shoot people..
3.You suspect your kid might have an eating disorder, and you want your doctor to check if his/her health is in danger... Can't do it without his/her consent.
Morale of the story...If you need to get medical diagnosis for your teen, and they won't cooperate, you are better off dragging them to Utah or Arizona than trying to get it done there. Thankfully, my kid doesn't have a problem consenting... at least not yet...Hopefully they won't ever think about going postal at a school, and if they thought about it, hopefully they won't refuse to get diagnosed....just saying...
Here's the complete laws..
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