Different Types of Health Care

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Patients generally have the right to accept or refuse health care.

Some care is necessary for a patient's health. Other care is optional. The age and mental abilities of a patient can have an impact what types of care - necessary or optional - the patient can agree to.

This article explains what care is considered necessary for a patient's health and what care is considered to be optional.

Optional Care

Here are examples of care considered not necessary for a patient's health:

  • tattoos
  • plastic surgery, unless it is needed due to burns, a birth defect or an accident

Care Necessary for a Patient's Health

There are many kinds of care that can fall into in this category. Here are some examples:

  • hospitalization
  • medication
  • plastic surgery needed following burns, a birth defect or an accident
  • feeding
  • blood tests
  • abortion

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.