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Once you have an idea of what you do (or don’t) want with regards to future medical care, you’ll want to make sure the important people in your life are aware of your plans–that may include health care providers, family, and friends.

You will likely appoint a health care agent – someone who can legally act on your health care decisions in the event you are incapable of doing so yourself. This person should be aware of what your medical preferences are, and should affirm his or her willingness to serve in this role and follow your care preferences. You will want to designate this individual using a legal document such as an advance medical directive or health care power of attorney.

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