How to Take Control of Your Health Care
The attempt to mold religious tenets into legal systems continues to cause serious conflict. It is an especially rare opportunity when we can express our personal religious and ethical beliefs and have our own words and thoughts assume the authority of law.
What does an Advance Directive guarantee?Through an Advance Directive, individuals execute a written declaration to a physician, hospital, nursing home or other health care provider as to how their medical treatment should be conducted in the event of mental incapacity or terminal illness.
What rights have been outlined by state legislation?1. The right to refuse or consent to medical treatment
2. The right to understandable information about the risks and benefits of proffered medical interventions.
3. The right to decide how much medical care should be administered to you, regardless of what your physician and/or family members think best.
4. The right to have your wishes respected even if you have lost capacity.