Law for Older Americans

Health Care Advance Directives

Will doctors and hospitals recognize my advance directive?

Most doctors and health care facilities want to respect your wishes. However, some may refuse to honor an advance directive, perhaps based on religious belief. If a facility has such a policy, it should inform you at the time of admission. Doctors generally do not have the same obligation to inform you ahead of time, so it is up to you to find out your doctor's views.

If a health care provider refuses to honor your wishes expressed in an advance directive, the law in most states requires that the provider make reasonable efforts to transfer you to another provider who will comply.

>>What is a health care advance directive?
>>How do you plan a health care advance directive?
>>Is a health care advance directive the same as a living will?
>>Why can't I just tell my doctor what I want?
>>Will doctors and hospitals recognize my advance directive?
>>What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?
>>How do you write an advance directive?
>>What kinds of decisions does a health-care agent make?
>>How do you select a health-care agent?
>>Are there any formalities of signing an advance directive?
>>Can you change or terminate your advance directive?
>>Where should you keep the directive?
>>When should you review your advance directive?
>>Is an advance directive still good when you cross state lines?


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