Section HI describes planning for disability, such as powers of attorney, advance medical directives
, guardianships, and Medicaid.
"The Medical Directive
. A New Comprehensive Advance Care Document." JAMA 261(22):3288-93, June 9, 1989.
The first 5,000 copies of In Life and Death We Belong to the Lord: Considering Advance Medical Directives
were distributed quickly throughout the nation.
The simple goal of this effort is to provide information and tools to assist with thoughtful reflection on healthcare choices and ideas on how to get more people to complete medical directives
. Last year over 250,000 people obtained the resources to make their wishes known, but millions still need help.
Gary Fischer et al., "Comparision of Physician and Patient Choices and Stability in the Medical Directive
," Journal of General Internal Medicine 9 (1994): 93.
Open communication is vital when discussing the need for legal documents such as an advanced medical directive
, a limited medical power of attorney, a limited financial power of attorney, and a durable power of attorney.
This section offers an advantage over the "medical directive
" that was proposed by the Emanuels in 1989 in that it asks the patient to focus fully on clarifying his or her values-related reasons for specific treatment choices.
Emanuel LL, Emanuel EJ: The medical directive
: New comprehensive advance care document.
Talking openly about things like wills and trusts, life insurance and advance medical directives
can help you understand what they have in place, and give you insight into their intentions, Young says.
She drafts estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, advance medical directives
and financial powers of attorney.
She said she especially enjoys working with military veterans on matters such as estate planning and medical directives
The procedures for the long-awaited system are too complicated as seen, for example, in the provision that the Advance Medical Directives
(AMD) for relatively healthy patients who want to forego life-sustaining treatment if they are stricken with a terminal illness later, should be signed even by grand grandparents or grandchildren.