Health Care Proxy
Health Care Proxy is a document that is used to appoint an agent to make health care decisions in the event that the primary individual is incapable of making such decisions.
There are essentially two situations in which a health care proxy is needed. The first exists when there will be a temporary inability to make health care decisions. For example, when having an outpatient surgical procedure and under general anesthesia should something unexpected could happen and a health care decision needs to be made, a health care proxy agent, may make health decisions.
The second exists when there will be a permanent inability to make health care decisions. Under these circumstances if a health care proxy agent is not appointed all appropriate medical treatments will be provided. A health care agent can ensure that wishes are being met and a patient’s best interests are served.