Informed consent is defined as “The process of obtaining a patient’s permission for a medical treatment or procedure (be it diagnostic or therapeutic) after the patient and doctor have discussed the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the procedure and the patient understands them.
Knowledge IS power as they say, and this is especially true when it comes to understanding all the risks and benefits of medical treatment. Do you know all the side effects of your medications? Is your doctor telling you everything about the procedure you are scheduled to undergo?
The truth is, many of us are receiving fragmented medical care. You have a right to receive medical information that you can understand and use so that you can make informed decisions regarding the healthcare you and your family receive. We can’t deny it folks. Visiting your doctor or the hospital to receive treatment is hardly ever without its risks…risks you should be aware of. Adverse drug reactions are estimated to account for the seventh most common cause of death. Add to that the fact that prescription drug expenses in the U.S. account for approximately 20% of total health expenses and the issue of Informed Consent becomes even more urgent. You have a right to know and understand everything about every medical treatment you receive. Don’t settle for anything less. In this webinar we explore this very important topic with Moira Dolan, MD, Director of the Medical Accountability Network.