When parents disagree with doctors on a child’s treatment, who should have the final say?

Doctors and parents sometimes disagree about a child’s medical treatment. As the recent case of six-year-old boy Oshin Kiszko highlights, some disagreements between doctors and parents can’t be resolved by further information and discussion. Oshin has brain cancer. His doctors believe he should receive treatment aimed at curing his disease, while Oshin’s parents believe the potential benefits of treatment don’t justify side-effects and other negative outcomes for their son, such as the possibility of long-term health issues. They want Oshin to receive only palliative care to ensure his comfort in the remaining months of his life. In March, Western Australia’s…
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