When you are unable to speak for yourself due to an illness, your health care providers may be unclear as to what type of care you would like.
Your family members may be uncertain or disagree about the type of medical care you should receive. Decisions about your medical care may then be made by doctors, hospital administrators, a court-appointed guardian, or judges.
A health care agent, chosen by you, can help your health care providers, family, and friends make decisions during a stressful time.
Your agent's duty is to see that your wishes are followed. If your wishes are not known, your agent should try to decide what you want.
Health care agents are not required. But they are the best way to be sure your wishes for health care treatment are followed.