What’s an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a document that lets you make your medical decisions in advance, in case you lose the ability to make them for yourself. It lists which medical treatments you want and authorizes someone you know and trust to make decisions for you based on your wishes.
There are two kinds of advance directives. You can choose either a durable power of attorney for health care or a living will. Michigan law doesn’t authorize living wills.
If you’re unable to make health care decisions for yourself, having an advance directive on file will make sure that your wishes are carried out. When you create your advance directive, you’ll decide which medical treatments you’ll be allowed to have. You’ll also authorize someone to make decisions for you in case you’re unable to. This person will be your patient advocate.
Advance directives are voluntary. It’s against the law for anyone to require you to create an advance directive to get health care.
For more information about advance directives, talk to your doctor or call customer service at the number on the back of your subscriber ID card, also known as enrollee ID card.