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Can I expect a hospital to put my Advance Directive on file?

Discussion in 'Power of Attorney & Living Wills' started by skyblue36, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. skyblue36

    skyblue36 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My health plan advised me to put my Advance Directive on file with all local hospitals I am likely to receive treatment from in an emergency. When I asked questions online as to whether or not a hospital has to even accept my Advance Directive (or acknowledge receiving it), I received a response saying there was no possible reason for a hospital to accept my Directive before I actually have an emergency, and that I am expecting 'personalized treatment' by expecting them to put an Advance Directive in my medical chart. I'm confused now. Even on legal forums I have been told to put my Advance Directive on file, so that it is readily available in an emergency. Can someone clarify? Thanks for your help--
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    A hospital doesn't have to maintain a file on someone that haven't seen, or might see.

    I suggest you carry a copy of your advance directive with you at all times, if this concerns you.

    You should also provide a copy of same to someone you trust in case you are incapacitated and unable to communicate your desires.
     

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