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Insure that this most important document is immediately available, whenever it's needed, wherever it's needed.
You are among many people interested in taking more control over their health care and well being by determining your life style and the type of wellness care you receive.
You can also control what type of treatment you want if you become seriously ill or incapacitated and can no longer make your own health care decisions.
In the United States, your right to advance medical directives is protected by the federal Patient Self-Determination Act. Such directives include living wills and health care proxies/durable powers of attorney for health.
In Canada, six provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec) have a living will law. Each, however, has its own requirements. For specific Canadian information, click here.
A Living Will, the most basic directive, specifies well in advance whether or not a person is to have his/her life prolonged through artificial or extreme methods. It goes into effect only when you are no longer capable of making decisions about your medical treatment. Living Wills are made more effective when supplemented by a health care proxy or durable power of attorney for health, naming a relative or friend to act on the patient's behalf if he/she is unable to do so.
Most states either have a living will and health proxy law or recognize the validity of these documents. Unfortunately, too often, individuals sign advanced health care directives that are not accessible to their family, health care practitioner, or hospital. And, many people live, work, and travel regularly to other states but do not have the appropriate documents for each jurisdiction.