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Senate takes up bill reducing info doctors provide about alternative treatments

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin doctors could give patients less information about alternative treatments, under a bill that's up for a vote in the state Senate Tuesday.

The Assembly passed the measure in May.

It would nullify a State Supreme Court decision from 2012 which ordered doctors to tell patients about all alternative treatments which might benefit them -- even if they're not related to their diagnoses.

Assembly Republican Jim Ott of Mequon authored the bill after Thomas Jandre won $2 million in court.

Jandre has Bell's Palsy, and his jury agreed that his doctor failed to tell him about an ultrasound that could have warded off a stroke he suffered.

Ott says his bill still requires what a reasonable doctor would tell a patient.

Opposing Democrats say the bill goes too far in changing Wisconsin's informed consent rules.