Advance Directives

Advance Directive Definitions
American Bar Association Resolution (106A) about Advance Care Planning
“Be Prepared”
Do You Need an Advance Directive?
Noncompliance with Advance Directives
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
Protective Medical Decisions Document

Also see:
Advance Care Planning and Health Care Reform (ObamaCare) and POLST


“Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill”
(McKnight’s — April 16, 2014)
Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law….
It also calls for an accreditation process to be established for advance directive vendors participating in the program….
Text of S. 2240 (html)
Text of S. 2240 (pdf)

“A Novel Way to Document End-of-Life Preferences”
(New York Times — July 25, 2013)
Some California physicians took a new approach to what is called advance care planning.  “They experimented with brib…er. incentivizing doctors.”
If residents recorded this information for at least 75 percent of discharged patients, for three of the four quarters in the academic year, they each got a $400 bonus. “We also don’t know  whether simply having a standard form in your medical records means that you will actually have your wishes respected.”

“Back Off! I’m Not Dead Yet: I Don’t Want a Living Will.” (Washington Post, 10/14/07) Patients are pressured to sign Living Wills.

“Be Prepared” (National Review, 4/13/05)
What can people do to make certain that their values are respected, their lives protected, and their medical care provided in a manner that they would choose?