If you become unable to communicate your medical care wishes, a Massachusetts statute allows you to sign a document called a health care proxy. It is different from a so-called MA 'living will' that Massachusetts law does not authorize.
You complete the health care proxy by signing it before two witnesses.
The health care proxy's goal is for you to name people who can communicate your medical wishes.
Remember, there are two rules you must follow.
And then, when in proper form, this document allows the person you name to speak up for you for medical reasons.
But first, you should take a crucial step.
For the health care proxy to be in force, Massachusetts law requires that your doctor provide a written statement that you are cannot communicate your medical wishes.
To be active, these final steps of a doctor's writing are needed.
You can revoke a health care proxy that you've signed. And, even if it's active and you're ill, you can continue to speak up for your own health care decision making.
A related document is called the MOLST form. A medical doctor signs this form after discussing the end of life treatment with you.
It is more specific than a health care proxy. The MOLST form is PINK in color, and so will stand out in your wallet or purse if you couldn't communicate.
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