Question 14

14.  Does your family and doctor know about your health care and living/dying wishes?

    The best way for you to assure the best health care treatment possible is to have prepared a Health Care Power of Attorney which lets you nominate one or more family members or other individuals regarding your health care if you are not able to do so yourself. Health care providers are very reluctant to perform medical procedures unless someone comes forward with authority to make a heal care decision. Also a Living Will is a document that authorizes termination of artificial life support systems in the event of a terminal or debilitating illness. With this document you have control over the final phase of your life instead of leaving a decision like this to a person's family.

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