Medical Power of Attorney
Depending on which state you live in, a
durable power of attorney for health care could
also be called a medical power of attorney, a
health care proxy, or medical proxy.
It is also important to know that a medical
power of attorney is not the same as a
durable power of attorney for financial
The durable power of attorney for health
care is a document you create to give your
agent the authority to make health care
decisions for you.
An agent is the person These health care
empowered to make related decisions are
decisions on your made as if she or he
behalf under the were you. These
durable power of decisions run the
attorney. gamut, including the
authority to remove you
from life support.
Even though you might already have a
living will, you still need a medical power
A living will only gives guidance as
to types of medications you would
want, but it does not give
authorization to anybody to make
decisions on your behalf.
This means that if you are unconscious or
otherwise incapacitated, only the doctor
has the legal power to determine your
Therefore, if you do not give someone this
power, it also may not be possible for your
loved ones to remove you off life support,
regardless of the circumstances.
While this is still an emerging law in the
United States, most doctors will try to
honor your wishes if you have previously
presented the document which is written
in a clear and convincing way.
Many times when Once you have these
doctors have not written up, make sure
followed the known they become a
wishes of a patient, it permanent part of your
was because they were medical records.
not aware of the