Proposal changing informed consent law up for vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal that would no longer require doctors in Wisconsin to give patients as much information about available alternative treatments is headed for a vote in the Senate.

The measure passed the Assembly in May. If it clears the Senate on Tuesday unchanged, it would then head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

The bill is in reaction to a 2012 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said a doctor's "informed consent" duty includes telling a patient about medical tests and treatments that may be appropriate for a patient's symptoms, even if the doctor doesn't believe the patient has the underlying condition or disease.

The bill would change the law from a "reasonable patient standard" to a "reasonable physician standard."

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