Informing Patients and Families About the Proxy Law

Ideally, individuals will create a health care proxy before they confront serious illness and are admitted to a hospital. Physicians can play an important role in this process by discussing the proxy with patients during routine office visits.

Many individuals will learn about the health care proxy only after admission to a health care facility. To assist these individuals, the Department of Health has prepared information about the Proxy Law, a proxy form and instructions about filling out the form. Health care facilities must give this information to patients or their families at or prior to admission, or in a reasonable time thereafter.