National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care
Choosing a Health Care Agent (5:36)
Who would you want to make health care decisions for you if you were unable to make decisions yourself? In case you become too ill to make your own health care decisions, it’s a good idea to choose someone ahead of time – someone you know and trust – who can make those decisions for you. That person is called a health care agent (HCA). This podcast discusses what makes a good HCA, some questions to ask your prospective HCA, and what happens if you are unable to make health care decisions but haven’t named an HCA.
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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.