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Who will make medical decisions for you if you cannot do so yourself?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Close family member

It's best if you designate someone to make decisions for you.
A medical power of attorney can follow your wishes, otherwise your closest family member may be required to make decisions on your behalf.

In brief: Close family member

It's best if you designate someone to make decisions for you.
A medical power of attorney can follow your wishes, otherwise your closest family member may be required to make decisions on your behalf.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Next of kin...

Your next of kin would make these decisions for you.
You can also fill out a living will document and/or a medical proxy and name the person that you would want to make your decisions especially if this person is different from your next of kin. Important to also talk to this person ahead of time and let them know what your wishes would be so they won't base decisions on what they want for you.

In brief: Next of kin...

Your next of kin would make these decisions for you.
You can also fill out a living will document and/or a medical proxy and name the person that you would want to make your decisions especially if this person is different from your next of kin. Important to also talk to this person ahead of time and let them know what your wishes would be so they won't base decisions on what they want for you.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Your next of kin

Legally your spouse, next children.

In brief: Your next of kin

Legally your spouse, next children.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine

In brief: State laws dictate

Most stated have laws dictating who becomes you surrogate decision maker if you are not able.
Usually it is your spouse then kids then parents. What is often recommeded it a health care power of attorney in which you can designate anyone you choose to make decsions for you.

In brief: State laws dictate

Most stated have laws dictating who becomes you surrogate decision maker if you are not able.
Usually it is your spouse then kids then parents. What is often recommeded it a health care power of attorney in which you can designate anyone you choose to make decsions for you.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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