health care proxy


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health care proxy

n.
A legal document in which the signer designates another person to make decisions regarding the signer's health care if the signer becomes incapable of making such decisions.

health care proxy

End-of-life A power of attorney for health-care decision-making in which a person designates another to make medical decisions in the event that he/she becomes too incapacitated to make such decisions. See Advance medical directive, Living will.

health care prox·y

(helth kār proks'ē)
Printed form used legally to allow another person to make health care decisions for a patient when the patient is unable or no longer able to make such decisions personally.
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The health care proxy is favored over a living will, in that it allows the agent to make a broad range of health care decisions, instead of being limited only to decisions regarding life-prolonging treatment.
A health care proxy empowers another person to make medical decisions should the patient become incapacitated.
Health Care Proxy: This is a legal document in which you authorize another person (called agent, health care proxy, or medical attorney in fact) to make "real time" medical decisions, and to take other actions pertinent to your care if you are incapacitated.
(9) Since 1990 every state has enacted legislation that allows their citizens to use a health care proxy. (12,21) In any jurisdiction a person who has the requisite capacity should be allowed to execute a health care proxy or give an advance directive.
In the Oklahoma Advance Directive for Health Care form a health care proxy and alternate can be named.
Consistent with earlier findings, most respondents (91 percent) agreed or strongly agreed that end-of-life decision making is easier when a nursing home resident has a health care proxy (Table 3).
The entries cover women's reproductive health; treatment issues, including what to expect from a gynecological examination and the reasons for appointing a health care proxy; female and male anatomy, with drawings; negative health habits, such as smoking (and its heightened effect on women taking oral contraceptives); and various cancers and other illnesses, pointing out female-male differences in rates and manifestations (e.g., malignant melanoma is more likely to appear on a woman's legs than on her torso, where it would for a man; multiple sclerosis is more common in women).
The survey found that 37 percent of people with $10 million or more don't have a will or health care proxy; they don't have a trust; and they haven't named a trustee or administrator for their estate.
Sam Halpern, executive vice president of Insuractive, a broker that works with numerous travel insurance companies, advises that your right to make decisions about one another's medical care will depend on whether you and your partner have health care proxy and power-of-attorney documentation.
A possible alternative is a health care proxy, in which patients appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf if they can't make the decisions themselves, she said.

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