I am getting conflicting information from professionals. I am legally married. My doctor gave me short power of attorney and living will forms that I hadn't requested. He told me that my 20 year estranged sister had contacted his office although there is no way that I know of that my sister would know my doctor's name. I brought up the HIPAA law. Doctor said it would apply yes and no. Different answers have been that my spouse would automatically be my agent if I become incapacitated followed by my adult son. Does the priority list stop there or continue to include other relatives' input at the same time as that of my spouse?
To avoid any sort of confusion or arguments, it is best to complete the medical power of attorney form, and name the agent that you want. You can also name an alternate agent. That way, no one has any questions. Make a copy of the signed document to give to your primary care physician, and keep a copy at your home in a place your husband knows about, and then put a copy under the floor mat in the back seat of your car.
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