from 12 to 16 years
The 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.
The situation can be opposite as well: the parents agree with a certain treatment, but the child really does not want to receive it. In this case, the treatment cannot be carried out and the healthcare provider has to offer alternative solutions on which the child is able to agree.