John R. Gierach
July 27, 2015
Orlando ,FL 32803
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A medical care power of attorney is a document that appoints someone else to make decisions regarding your medical care. Another name for this document is called durable power of attorney for health care. You should know the law regarding this document because of its importance.
If your health declines to the state that you can no longer communicate with others, the person named in your medical power of attorney will communicate for you. This communication can be to your doctors and other health care providers.
Preparing a medical power of attorney lets you control, at least to some degree, the health care you’ll receive when you’re unable to do so directly. The person named in your medical power of attorney is usually referred to as your agent.
Choosing the right medical agent is very important. You need to choose someone that you trust. This person should know your religious beliefs, can easily talk to your doctors and won’t hesitate to act on your behalf. Your agent needs to have adequate time to spend seeing you get the health care you prefer.
It’s a good idea to name an alternate agent who can step in if for any reason your main agent can’t serve.
Among other things, your medical power of attorney should state::
Each state has its own laws regarding the matter. Many states and colleges have medical power of attorney forms that you can download for free. For example, here’s one for Illinois and another for Ohio.
Your medical power of attorney is indefinite unless it has a specific termination date, you revoke it or you become reasonably healthy. To revoke an indefinite one, you need to give notice to your agent and your health care provider. Also, some state laws say if you name your spouse as agent, a divorce automatically revokes it..
Due to concern about conflicts of interest, most laws prohibit your medical provider and its employees from being named an agent..