Health Care Proxy

Definition - What does Health Care Proxy mean?

Health care proxy refers to a person who is responsible for making health decisions for a person who is not capable of giving informed consent. The authority to take all such decisions comes with a legal document such as an advanced directive signed by the patient..

Justipedia explains Health Care Proxy

For the health care proxy to make decisions, a qualified medical practitioner must first confirm that the patient is incapable of making his or her health decisions. Anyone who is above the age of 18 with sound mind and judgment can be appointed as the health care proxy.

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