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Bill up for vote would nullify "informed consent" ruling in Wisconsin

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin doctors would not have to give patients as much information about alternative treatments, under a bill that’s up for a vote Wednesday in the state Assembly.

Mequon Republican Jim Ott proposed the measure. It would nullify a recent State Supreme Court ruling that expanded the legal definition of “informed consent.”

The justices said the law requires doctors to tell patients about available tests and treatments that might deal with their symptoms – even if involves diseases the patients don’t have.

Ott said he’s trying to avoid rising medical costs as a result of the added consent duties. Democrats fear that patients would be hurt by getting less information.

The court’s action was in the case of a man with Bell’s Palsy. His doctor ordered tests that ruled out one type of stroke – but another test was not ordered which would have alerted the patient to a second type of stroke that he suffered less than two weeks later.

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