Brave New World: Ethical Issues Involving Surrogate Health Care Decisions
Shari A. Levitan
PROBATE& PROPERTY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006 31 referred to in this article as either “patients” or “principals.” Health care agents and/or proxies are referred to as either a “surrogate” or “decision maker.” Although every state’s definitiio may differ, a good working definitiio of competent might be: the ability to understand and appreciiat the nature and consequences of health care decisions, including the benefits and risks of and alternatives to any proposed health care, and to reach an informed...