As a primary care doctor, having an open and honest discussion with my patients about their desired healthcare for now and in the future is important. Placing these wishes in legal documents known as advanced directives is crucial.
A living will is an advanced directive that gives medical providers and your family clear instructions on medical treatments that you want or don’t want to receive. These only go into effect under certain circumstances and cannot be changed by anyone else but you.
The healthcare or medical power of attorney is an advance directive in which a trusted friend or family member you select can make healthcare decisions on your behalf. When you might not be able to.
At HealthTexas it’s always important to be prepared for the unexpected so talk to your primary care doctor about advance e directives and living wills.Dr. Steven Ramos