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Can You Treat a Minor Patient When a Parent or Legal Guardian Is Not Present?
Posted on: 3/25/2019
Consent to Treat Minor Patient Without Parent or Guardian Present

All patients under the age of 18 are considered minors and are unable to consent to medical treatment, with a few exceptions such as those who are parents, married or pregnant.

Parents or legal guardians may authorize medical services for a minor child when they cannot be present.

ISMS offers a consent form for just that purpose. Parents or legal guardians can use the form to authorize other adults to bring their minor patient in for treatment. The form also serves as consent for medical services.

Download ISMS' Consent To Treat Minor Patient Without Parent or Guardian Present* form and keep copies on hand to distribute to families when necessary. The document also acknowledges that parents and legal guardians are still financially responsible for the medical services provided to the minor child.

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS' legal department at 800-782-4767 or by email.


This ISMS medical legal guideline is a member benefit and is password protected.

If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password.

*This guideline is for educational purposes only. 



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