A Power of Attorney (also known as POA) for Health Care, or an Advanced Healthcare Directive, is a legal form that allows an individual to empower another with decisions regarding his or her healthcare and medical treatment. POA for Health Care becomes active when a person is unable to make decisions or consciously communicate intentions regarding treatments.
A person needs a POA for Health Care if they wish to give an individual authority to interpret their wishes including the following:
- Agree to, refuse or withdraw consent to any type of medical care, treatment surgical procedures, tests or medications
- Have access to medical records and information to the same extent the patient is entitled to, including the right to disclose health information to others
- Authorize admission to or discharge (even against medical advice) from any hospital, nursing home, residential care or assisted living
- Contract for any health care related service or facility for or apply for public or pri