Why should I set up an Advance Healthcare Directive?

An Advance Healthcare Directive allows you to make certain decisions regarding healthcare and medical treatments in advance. This allows your choices to be carried out in the event that you are unconscious, or unable to make a decision at some later time. 

An Advance Healthcare Directive also lets you designate one or more individuals to make healthcare and medical decisions for you if you are unable to make these decisions yourself. 

Agents may be given the power to authorize or withhold treatment, make decisions for your general healthcare, and/or make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment. The powers of an Agent helps to fill any gaps when your Living Will does not cover a specific medical condition, or treatment option.

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