Medical decisions should be made by parents instead of doctors
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This topic is pretty self explanatory, should we let medical professionals make a child's medical decision, or should we let parents?
I vote parents.
Parents know child better
- Understand feelings and thoughts
- Accurately speak on behalf of child
Parents can be doctors and many doctors are parents. Doctors have more knowledge on the matter.
Doctors could do something for personal gain (money, prestige) - parents have better intentions
The doctors care about all humans, parents can uniquely love or hate their own. utilitarianism matters
Doctors also care about prestige and money. The most care comes from a parent.
Parents know children best!
R1: False Dichotomy and better knowledge.
Oh yes, I understand your point. But this debate is about ideas, not reality. I should of worded this topic better, my bad.
Should doctors be giving the right to make ruling medical decisions about children over their own parents?
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My final link failed it seems. Oh well.
Im confused. Doctors do not make medical decisions ever. It was in the early days of modern medicine that doctors decided on, and administered treatments, not only without consent, but often without the patients knowledge. Informed concent is a standard of practice in modern medicine and in almost every case the parent makes the decisions for a child.
In very extreme situations medical staff can seek a court order to overrule parents who are endangering a child unreasonably, but thats a power the courts can grant them, not something they can just do at will.
What doctors do do is inform the responsible party of the facts regarding to condition, treatment, consequences, and sideeffects. Then the responsible party (assuming free of suspicon of elder/child/spousal abuse) can make a decision regarding the care of themselves or whoever they are representing.
'parents don't' and 'always love their child' link to different URLs intentionally.
I'll do this debate in full, if you're interested