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NCJ Number: 120894 Find in a Library
Title: Legal Issues in Health Care for Children and Adolescents
Author(s): A English
Corporate Author: American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Association
Chicago, IL 60611
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There are no clear legal guidelines for confidentiality protection for AIDS-infected youth, nor for antibody-testing and consent to such testing. Often burdensome consent requirements, the lack of confidentiality, and simple geographic inconvenience prevent these youth from seeking the care they need.
Abstract: Poor children are at greater risk than the general populace of serious health problems such as infant mortality and sexually transmitted diseases. Many AIDS patients depend on Medicaid and have difficulty obtaining adequate care. Some States have laws which enable certain minors to consent to all health care, and the constitutional right to privacy has been applied to the reproductive decisions of adolescents as well as those of adults, but without an adequate source of payment, access to health care is effectively denied. Incarcerated or institutionalized children are more likely to have health problems and less likely to receive adequate care.
Main Term(s): Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Adolescent parents; Children with AIDS/HIV; HIV antibody test; Right of privacy
Note: This paper is a slightly modified version of an article which appeared originally in the 1988 Special Issue of Youth Law News, the Journal of the National Center for Youth Law
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