How should we affect patients?

Kenya Tanaka
Volume 2 Issue 1 Pages 35-41
First Published: September 9, 2019



Informed consent (IC) has been used to guarantee patient’s autonomy. But these days IC is showing its limitation. Here, I propose that IC must end in paternalism and paternalism can be justified by maternalism. In this paper, first I show IC must end in paternalism. Second, I show what paternalism is and discuss the difference between those who are for paternalism and those who are against. Then I point that doctors judge whether patients have enough ability to take part in IC, which proves that IC is paternalistic. Finally, from the point of law, I show medicine itself is paternalistic and justify paternalism by the concept of maternalism.