Quote from schnookimz
I thought that in a true emergency, anything could be done to save life even without parental consent. Does this vary state to state?
A physician who would do a procedure on a minor without parental consent that could potentially lead to a true emergency is not someone who is following, "first do no harm."
A minor who walks in off the street in respiratory distress from an asthma attack is different, but they usually don't make appointments. A provider would render first aid until the ambulance arrived, or at an ER stabilize the patient until the parent could be reached.
In an ambulatory type setting, a minor, unless emancipated, needs consent for treatment by a guardian. I do believe the law is different regarding reproductive health issues (birth control, abortion) but this is not my area of expertise, so please feel free to correct me.
As a previous poster said, teens aren't always reliable and treating one without permission could put a provider at risk for trouble. I am also not the babysitter.