It’s something no one wants to think about, much less actually do. However, it’s critical that you make a plan so that your wishes can be carried out.
Do you care about whether the doctor takes heroic measures? Do you want to be kept on life support? Do you want to receive treatment if there’s no chance of you resuming a normal life? Equally as important, who do you want to have the authority to make these kinds of decisions for you if you aren’t able to do so yourself?
Last year, a change was made to Medicare so it will pay your doctor to take the time to talk with you about these important considerations. You should ask your physician to discuss some of the issues and to help you towards decisions. Don’t wait until you’re in the ER and in the middle of a healthcare crisis. Make your decisions now, put them in writing thru a healthcare directive or healthcare power of attorney and be prepared.
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