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A health care proxy is a person you trust who can speak for you if you cannot make medical decisions on your own. Everyone should have a health care proxy, not just those who may be dealing with an illness or injury.
To name your own health care proxy, you'll need to fill out and sign a health care proxy form, which is a simple legal document that allows you to name someone you trust as your health care proxy.
Choosing a health care proxy may help you decide in advance what health care decisions are most important to you, and may help spark a conversation with your loved ones about your values, your priorities, and what might be important to you in the event that you face serious injury or illness.
By appointing a health care proxy, you can make sure health care providers follow your wishes.
You can cancel or change your health care proxy at any time by completing a new form and giving it to your health care provider. You can also restrict the decisions that your health care proxy can make for you. Read Dana-Farber's
health care proxy flyer for more information.
Why You Need a Health Care Proxy A health care proxy is a person you trust who can speak for you if you cannot make medical decisions on your own. Dana-Farber social worker Bruce MacDonald, MSW, LICSW, explains why everyone should name a health care proxy -- someone who can speak for you in the event of a medical emergency.
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