Monarch HealthCare encourages their members to take an active responsibility in making informed decisions about their health care through the Advance Health Care Directive Program. The Advance Health Care Directive is a document that gives you the opportunity to name another individual (family member or close friend, etc.) to make health care decisions for you in the event that you are unable to do so, or if you want to name someone to make health care decisions for you, even if you are still capable. The Advance Health Care Directive also allows the physician to know your wishes concerning health care decisions made on your behalf. You may place limits on the authority you give to the individual you appoint to make health care decisions for you.
Advanced Health Care Directives FAQ
Why should I fill out an Advance Directive?
If you should become unable to make your own healthcare decisions, Advance Health Care Directives allow you to appoint someone (your agent) to make your healthcare decisions if you are unable and to express your wishes about end of life care
What does the Advance Directive do?
Allows you to appoint someone as your agent to make health care decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so. Allows you to express your wishes now to limit future care if:
- You have an incurable, irreversible condition for which death is expected in a short time
- You are unconscious and will probably not regain consciousness
- The risks and burdens of treatment outweigh the expected benefits
- Allows you to direct alleviation of pain even if it hastens death
- Allows you to write out other health care wishes
Do I have to fill out an Advance Directive?
No. Advanced Directives are not mandatory. They are your choice.
What if I do not fill out an advance directive?
You continue to make your health care decisions. If you are unable to make your own decisions, your physicians will attempt to care for you as best they can. Health care decisions will usually be made in consultation with family members or significant others.
Does the advance directive affect my medical treatment now?
No. Advance Directive does not affect your treatment in any way other than as expressed in the document
How long is this advance directive valid?
Advance Directive is valid indefinitely unless you specify an expiration date or revoke it
Can anyone fill out an advance directive?
You need to be at least 18 years old (or an emancipated minor), mentally competent, and acting of your own free will to complete an Advance Directive
Further information can be obtained from Monarch HealthCare’s Customer Service at (888) 767-2222.
You can also visithttp://www.ag.ca.gov/consumers/general/adv_hc_dir.htm.