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This is the person you have legally designated to make decisions about your health care if you are unable to speak for yourself. Designating a health care agent is the only legally binding aspect of an advance health care directive (AHCD). A good choice for a health care agent is someone who meets at least three of the following criteria: 1) knows you well; 2)  maintains an open line of communication with you; 3) respects your wishes and values even if they differ from their own; 4) lives close by; 5) is comfortable in a medical setting; 6) is in good health; 7) is diplomatic; 8) has a good relationship with other members of your family.


This is your legally recognized representative in the hospital.

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See how to choose your agent.