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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.

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