Benefits Of Appointing A Health Care Agent & Benefits For Patients

Individuals can control their medical treatment by:

  • ensuring that someone can decide about life–sustaining treatment if they are unable to decide for themselves;
  • choosing one family member to decide about treatment because they think that person would make the best decisions, or because they want to avoid conflict or confusion about who should decide; or
  • choosing someone outside the family to decide about treatment because no one in the family is available or because they prefer that someone other than a family member decide about their health care.