Children up to the age of 12 yearsThe child is represented by his or her parents. The parents as well as the child have a right to understandable information. Parents give permission for examination or treatment. The healthcare provider involves the child in this as closely as possible.
Children from 12 to 16 yearsThe child and the parents both have a right to understandable information and both have to give their permission for treatment. Sometimes, the child can undergo medical examination or treatment just with his or her own permission, and without that of the parents. This is permitted only when:
- the child is seriously disadvantaged if he or she is not treated.
- the child persists in his or her wishes – even if the parents do not agree with these. The child has to show that he or she has thought deeply about it, though.