You have the right to get sufficient information about your health, your rights and what your treatment will involve in a format that you understand. This should enable you to make your own choices and decide whether to allow healthcare personnel to treat you.
You have the right to state your opinion and be heard, regardless of your age. This means, among other things, that you have the right to take part in making decisions regarding your own health service. Also, if you want to have your parents present during treatment, this is normally accepted.
You are of a legal age in relation to health service rights when you turn 16. The law says that persons between the age of 16 and 18 have “the right to consent to health care, unless special provisions or the nature of the measure dictate otherwise”. This means that, in most cases, you decide if you want treatment and who shall have what information about your health.
There are some exceptions. You cannot, for example, decide to refuse treatment for cancer or a blood transfusion when you turn 16. In such situations, your parents or guardians have to decide. Parental responsibility applies until you are 18 years of age.