What Is An Advance Health Care Directive?

by Bruce Givner on October 24, 2011

An Advance Health Care Directive is a document that allows you to name a trusted person to make healthcare decisions for you if you are in a coma or otherwise can’t communicate your healthcare wishes.  Although there are documents for this purpose that are prepared by attorneys, we use the advance healthcare directive form prepared by the California Medical Association.  If you go to CMANET.org you can buy copies of their form for Six Dollars. We use their form because we believe that if a doctor is called upon to actually rely on such a form, the doctor will be most comfortable seeing that it is published by the doctor’s own trade association rather than trying to read through some document prepared by a lawyer.

The CMA’s advance health care directive comes in the form of a kit, with detailed instructions. It permits you to name an agent to make your healthcare decisions, and up to two alternate agents in case the first one is unavailable. The form allows you to become an organ and tissue donor.  And you can attach detailed instructions about specific medical procedures that you do not wish to permit. Of course you must provide copies of your completed advance health care directive form to your personal physician and to the people you name as your agent and successor agents. And it’s a good policy to give copies of your advance health care directive to your family members, your estate planning attorney and your accountant. www.GivnerKaye.com (310) 207-8008

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