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Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care

planning advance care What's An Advance Directive, and Why Should I Complete One? (6:35)

As a VA patient, you have the right to make your own decisions about your health care. But what if you’re too ill to decide? Who would you want to make those decisions for you? Fortunately, VA has a form you can fill out that covers that situation: an advance directive. This podcast discusses why it's a good idea to fill out an advance directive, and what you might want to think about - and who to talk with - before you do.

 

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Resources:

VA Advance Directive Form - VA's official document for writing down your preferences for future health care in the event that you are unable to communicate those decisions for yourself.

VA Form 10-0137A: What You Should Know About Advance Directives - This explains your rights related to advance directives and provides information about advance directives and why you would use one.