Family members' informed consent to medical treatment for competent patients in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-150
Journal / PublicationChina: An International Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


The right of competent patients' family members to make medical decisions on their behalf does not result from cultural factors. Rather, it serves as a tool to secure payment of medical expenses and to mitigate the risk of radical malpractice liability which could be better resolved through less costly alternatives such as expanding medical insurance coverage and improving the records of informed consent made by patients.