|Published: November 3, 2011
By Helene Wenzel
Q: I recently changed my health care provider and went to see my new doctor. On my first appointment she asked me if I had an Advance Health Care Directive. What is it; why should I have it; and how do I get it?
A: Without comment on your former doctorâ€™s practices, your new doctor is obviously more responsible and concerned about your well-being. Hereâ€™s what you need to know. If you havenâ€™t time to read all, skip to the next-to-the-last paragraph for the practical information.
Prior to 2000, California had a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form which basically authorized a person (â€śagentâ€ť) nominated by you to make health care decisions for you when you lost the capacity to do so. These DPAHCs were effective for a limited period of time after which they expired automatically. Any DPAHC executed in...