advance directive

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advance directive

a declaration by a person in relation to medical treatment (usually to instruct that it stop) to provide for a situation in which he might himself be unable to comment, e.g. the so-called living will. The US Supreme Court established the right for a person to refuse medical treatment, which in the case of a comatose patient can be difficult to establish. This is an issue that is troubling most legal systems because it raises moral, philosophical and practical questions. In the UK the directive is legally effective because treatment requires consent. It need not be in writing. It cannot, however, compel doctors to cease treatment so as to mercy-kill or provide treatment which they do not consider to be in the best interests of the patient.
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Although living wills can be tricky, experts have no reservations about recommending that people have a health care proxy.
Also, in the event that your health care proxy is no longer willing or able to act on your behalf, you will need to select a new health care proxy.
Parts II and III of this note focus on the power of attorney and health care proxy and uses case illustrations to highlight how the operation of these documents has become uncertain.
Living Will - Used on its own or in conjunction with a health care proxy, this document allows your child to state certain health care and medical wishes, but not appoint an agent (which is why it's good to use it with a health care proxy).
Jackie has no will, power of attorney, or health care proxy, and has not completed a hospital visitation form.
Estate planning also involves a will, a health care proxy, a living will, and a power of attorney.
The conversations between doctor and patient would include living wills, making a close relative or a trusted friend your health care proxy, learning about hospice as an option for the terminally ill, and information about pain medications for people suffering chronic discomfort.
They encouraged him to fill out a health care proxy form, and contacted his daughter.
Health care providers recommend developing a health care proxy and an advance directive while relatives are still healthy enough to be able to make good decisions.
Stan and I keep in contact; in fact he has me as his Health Care Proxy.
Everyone should create a will, establish a health care proxy and specify guardianship arrangements if they have children.
You need up to three others: a health care proxy, a guardian designation, and a HIPAA release.

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