(20.) See generally Health Care Proxy
Form and Information, MASS.
Getting a later start than that of the power of attorney, the health care proxy
was first codified in New York State in 1991.
Jackie receives referrals to LGBT-knowledgeable lawyers and decides to complete the health care proxy
and hospital visitation form.
A medical power of attorney--also called a durable power of attorney for health care, health care proxy
or appointment of health care agent--is a legal document in which you name a person to make medical decisions for you any time you are unable to make your own medical decisions.
I strongly recommend a health care proxy
or durable power of attorney for health care.
Q: How does a living will work, and how is it different from a health care proxy
Proxy--the person who is legally authorized to make health care decisions on the patient's behalf in circumstances where the patient lacks capacity to make such decisions, including, but not limited to, a health care proxy
appointed in a health care directive.
Everyone should create a will, establish a health care proxy
and specify guardianship arrangements if they have children.
You need up to three others: a health care proxy
, a guardian designation, and a HIPAA release.
This article discusses the concept of capacity, various relevant mandates, and a rationale for the assessment of capacity to execute a health care proxy
. Some specific New York State regulations, pertaining to the execution of a health care proxy
by persons who have intellectual disabilities, are presented and contrasted with regulations in some other jurisdictions.
Second, the health care proxy
who is named now can make whatever medical decisions the patient would make if he or she were able.
Recently, the term "advance directives" has become synonymous with the health care proxy
document--a form available in most health care settings in which individuals can state future medical treatment preferences and name a surrogate or proxy to carry out those decisions in the event of incapacity.