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health care proxy

n.
A legal document in which the signer designates another person to make decisions regarding the signer's health care if the signer becomes incapable of making such decisions.
Translations

health care prox·y

n. poder legal de salud que autoriza a una persona designada por el paciente a hacer decisiones sobre su último cuidado si el propio paciente se encuentra imposibilitado-a de hacerlo.
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Your health-care proxy should understand and follow your instructions for how your finances should be allocated for your care.
After an introduction to the overall importance of working with attorneys to develop the documents, Grimaldi and Seminara identify and describe in easily understandable language each of the five documents: the health-care proxy, the living will, the power of attorney, the will (including trusts), and the "cyberspace will.
Clients may also need a will, durable power of attorney and health-care proxy.
Designating medical decision-making authority, either through a health-care proxy or through a power of attorney for healthcare decisions, is often seen as unnecessary.
Great minds think alike: Martin Shenkman addresses the living will and the health-care proxy in this issue.
The book does an excellent job explaining the Medicare and Medicaid benefits and their limitations, and even includes a pro forma New York State health-care proxy.
In the years following Cruzan, every state enacted legislation that allowed their citizens to use advance health-care directives--such as the health-care proxy.
Before you begin, you should understand that there are two types of advance directives available to you: 1) a living will containing written directives to health-care providers and 2) a health-care proxy or "power-of-attorney for health-care decision-making", in which you designate a person who will be sympathetic to your desires in medical decision-making to act as your agent if you are incapacitated.
Original right-to-die laws centered upon a living will, but more recent ones are usually centered on health-care proxy laws that allow the designation of another to act on behalf of an incompetent patient.
The act, which has been called a "medical Miranda," also gives a patient the right to appoint a health-care proxy to stick up for the patient's medical wishes.
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