Advance directives center around the principles of your right to die and death with dignity. With an advance directive, you can express how much or how little you want done for you when you are no longer able to make these decisions.
An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions (if you are in a coma, for example).
If you are admitted to the hospital, the hospital staff will probably talk to you about advance directives.
A good advance directive describes the kind of treatment you would want depending on how sick you are. For example, the directives would describe what kind of care you want if you have an illness that you are unlikely to recover from, or if you are permanently unconscious.
Advance directives usually tell your doctor that you don't want certain kinds of treatment. However, they can also say that you want a certain treatment no matter how ill you are.
Advance directives can take many forms. Laws about advance directives are different in each state. You should be aware of the laws in your state.
This type of document is very important, and necessary.
It will provide assurance that your most desired "Medical Right to Life" request are carried out in case of an emergency.
If you have any legal questions regarding these documents, we recommend contacting your state attorney general's office or an attorney.
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