There are several types of advance medical directives, each addressing a specific medical situation.
Declaration under Florida Life Prolonging Procedures - commonly referred
to as a Living Will: A Living Will specifies what kind of life
extending treatments you want should you be faced with a terminal
illness condition, an end-state condition or are in a persistent
vegetative state. By stating your wishes in writing, a Living Will can
take the burden off your loved ones when dealing with end of life
A Living Will must comply with Florida Statutes Section 765.03 and must
be properly executed and witnessed. Also, once your execute your Living
Will, a copy should be provided to your primary care physician, as well
as, being easily accessed by loved ones in case of an emergency.
Care Surrogate: A Health Care Surrogate designates another person or
persons to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable
to communicate to the health care providers. The Health Care Surrogate
should also contain a release granting your agent the right to receive
your confidential medical information, otherwise this information is
privileged pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act ("HIPAA").
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