State Rep. Chris Taylor
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Taylor statement on passage of AB 139 and the gutting of patient-centered informed consent law

Today, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 139, which changes a patient centered informed consent law, in which patients must be told medical information about treatment options to a physician-centered standard based on a physician’s subjective beliefs.

By - Nov 5th, 2013 05:16 pm

MADISON – Today, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 139, which changes a patient centered informed consent law, in which patients must be told medical information about treatment options to a physician-centered standard based on a physician’s subjective beliefs.

Below is Rep. Chris Taylor’s (D-Madison) statement on the bill:

“Today was a sad day for patients in Wisconsin. AB-139, which passed both houses of the legislature, reverses 35 years of patient-centered informed consent law that required physicians to provide information about all viable forms of medical treatment to patients so that they have all of the information they need to make good, comprehensive health care decisions. AB-139 replaces this patient-centered standard with a physician-centered standard, so that the information shared with patients is not dependent on what the typical patient would want to know, but on the subjective beliefs of the physician, even when those beliefs are medically incorrect and result in harming a patient.

“It is already hard enough for patients to get the medical information they need from health care providers. This new standard will just make it worse for patients.”

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