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Who should have the final say about a child's medical treatment - doctors or parents?
Doctors can make better medical decisions for children.
Unlike the parents, doctors can make rational decisions which are unimpeded by emotions.
Making the best medical decision possible for the child is more important than any other consideration in this debate.
Doctors are motivated by the
desire to help their patients.
Doctors' experiences and training give them
and intuition regarding their patients which goes beyond mere facts.
Most parents do not have in depth or specialized medical knowledge of the human body and the mechanics of medicine.
Doctors are also still human beings, and as such any decisions made by them are subject to
In cases of serious conflict between parents and doctors,
can be made to the court. If needed, this can act sufficiently well as a safeguard that doctors can employ against questionable decisions by the parents.
Doctors are human and, as such, may have
which could lead them to surreptitiously lean the parents or patients towards or against a certain type of treatment.
Medical decisions are not always about matters of expertise.