A Health Care Power of Attorney is a written document in which you appoint a trusted person to make health care decisions, on your behalf when you cannot due to an illness or an accident.
The person you appoint to make your medical decisions is called a Health Care Agent. You can give your health care agent the same power and authority as you have to make your medical decisions. This includes the power to consent to your doctor giving, withholding, or stopping any medical treatment, including life-sustaining procedures.
If at some point in your life, you become unable to make your own medical decisions, a Health Care Power of Attorney can ensure that your medical care will be handled in the way you want.
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