The decision of a caregiver to consent to or to refuse medical, dental, or mental health care for a minor child shall be superseded by any contravening decision of the parent having legal custody of the minor child; provided, however, that the decision of the parent does not jeopardize the life, health, or safety of the minor child. If at any time the parent or legal guardian disagrees with the decision of the caregiver or chooses to make any healthcare decisions for the minor child, then the parent must revoke the power of attorney for care of a minor child and provide the health care provider written documentation of the revocation.
Terms Used In Tennessee Code 34-6-307
- Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
- Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age and who has not otherwise been emancipated. See Tennessee Code 34-1-101
- Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
- written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105