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For $5, state-specific living will forms are available from the legal counsel for the elderly at AARP.
An even more heretical possibility deserves to be explored--that living wills may address a process not sufficiently broken to justify efforts at repair and in any event not susceptible of repair through living wills.
Living wills must necessarily be vague, Krocheski said, because people cannot anticipate what medical situation will threaten them or what medical technology might be available to treat it.
Because more than a million Medicare patients die in hospitals each year, these findings suggest that the new living wills system could reduce total federal Medicare costs by about $4 billion, using 1995 figures, or roughly 2.
They're not likely to have living wills or other advance directives--fewer than 15 percent of Americans do.
Partly because living wills have come to have two purposes that are in tension.
As living wills are not an entirely new concept many groups welcome the Mental Capacity Bill as a means of placing these on a formal footing.
The longtime Santa Paula resident even decided to keep her family - particularly her children - out of the decisions when she made her living will protecting her right to die with dignity.
For Schiavo, "It's relatively easy to say that one lesson has to do with end-of-life directives, living wills, durable powers of attorney for health care - they go by many names, and each one means something a bit different.
For the living will to be totally legal, at the time you sign it you must:
In fact, the importance of having a living will became the main take-home message of this conflict.