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What is a Healthcare Surrogate or Healthcare Proxy?

Updated: May 11, 2023

A healthcare surrogate or proxy, also known as a medical power of attorney, is a legal document that allows someone else to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so due to illness, injury, or incapacity.

To set up a healthcare surrogate, you will need to select someone you trust to act as your agent or proxy. You can discuss your healthcare wishes with them, and they will be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf based on your expressed preferences.

In the event that you become unable to make your own healthcare decisions, your healthcare surrogate will be authorized to make decisions for you, including decisions about medical treatment, hospitalization, and end-of-life care.

It's important to note that a healthcare surrogate only comes into effect if you become incapacitated and unable to make your own healthcare decisions. If you are able to make your own decisions, you will continue to make them yourself.

A healthcare surrogate or healthcare proxy is an essential document that enables you to have someone you trust make medical decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make them yourself. It's important to have a healthcare surrogate in place to ensure that your wishes are respected and your medical care is managed according to your preferences.

For more information, please contact Christopher G. Price at or 239-325-3350.

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