This decision is about a case of medical malpractice that led to the death of a patient. Eventually, Chile admitted responsibility for the violation of some articles of the American Convention. The decision is notable because the Court read the right to health in Article 26 of the American Convention and elaborated on the elements of the right. The Court found also a violation of Article 13 of the Convention (the right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds) because the patient and his family had not been properly informed about, and therefore, could not give consent to, the treatments.
Case Summary: Poblete Vilches et al. v. Chile