Health Care Directives
In the United States, the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1991 protects
your right to accept or reject medical or surgical treatment. If you become
unable to make decisions on your own behalf, a health care directive (also
called a living will or durable power of attorney) will help ensure your
wishes about your medical treatment are kept.
A health care directive should be filled out before you come to the hospital.
If you would like more information about health care directives, come to our
Health Care Directives Workshop.