You have the right to make all decisions about the health care you receive. If you do not want certain treatments, you have the right to tell you doctor, either orally or in writing. Certain individuals, such as family members, friends or legal representatives, need to know your wishes, in case you become unable to make decisions for yourself. The best way to be sure your wishes are followed is to sign a health care power of attorney and a living will.
If you have questions about advance directives, you should discuss them with your doctor, religious counselor or your attorney. It is very important that you discuss your feelings about life support with family members.
You are not required to have an advance directive to receive medical care.
Click here to print a form for a health care power of attorney and SC living will form.
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