Sweet spot in informed consent lies in idea of 'core disclosures'

Recently, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) imposed the maximum fine of $100,000 on a doctor for not disclosing the possible side effects of a steroid injection.

A significant segment of the medical community opposed the penalty, citing the fact that doctors do not always explain the side effects of that treatment and others that are similarly routine and of low risk to patients, and that the harsh penalty can lead to a proliferation of defensive medicine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2019, with the headline 'Sweet spot in informed consent lies in idea of 'core disclosures''. Print Edition | Subscribe