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Health Care Directives

A health care directive is used when you cannot make your own decisions or when you cannot tell people what treatment you want or do not want.

A directive cannot permit active euthanasia or assisted suicide.

A health care directive can cover decisions about matters like…

  • diagnostic testing
  • blood transfusions
  • resuscitation
  • life support
  • feeding tubes
  • antibiotics
  • surgical procedures
  • palliative or comfort measures

Making a Directive

The law sets out the requirements for making a valid health care directive.

After You Have Made a Directive

Health care professionals can only follow your directive if they know you have one and what it contains.

If You Do Not Have a Directive

If you choose not to create a health care directive the law sets out who can make health care decisions for you when you cannot.

PLEA can provide you with information to help you understand many legal matters you, a family member or friend may be facing.

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