Our world is filled with risk. We flirt with risk on a daily basis. While some of our day-to-day activities pose a greater risk than others, everything we do poses some degree of risk. One of the most common activities we do is drive automobiles. For many of us, our ability to get to our jobs or shop for groceries is dependent on driving automobiles. In Utah in 2009, there were nearly 16,000 car accidents with injuries, some involving injuries to multiples occupants. This is a sobering statistic that reveals the danger of only one of the many activities we engage in every day. In order to have control over these types of unpredictable situations, a Medical Power of Attorney is an important tool.

A Medical Power of Attorney is your written directions to family and physicians concerning your health care should you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to name individuals that are authorized to make health care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It also gives you the ability to leave written directions concerning how your health care should be carried out. Once your Medical Power Attorney is signed, it becomes a legal directive concerning your health care should you become incapable of making your own health care decisions.

For additional reading:

The Medical Power of Attorney:  A Legally-Binding Wish List

Your HIPAA Release

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