If you sign an advance directive, your family and your doctor will know who to talk to about your care or what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want when you are too sick to decide. This could happen if you have a serious illness or are near the end of life. If doctors don’t know your wishes, they will treat you until they can ask your family what you want. If your family doesn’t know, you may get treatments you don’t want or which you would stop if you had your way. In an emergency you will receive care until the doctors can determine your condition and what your wishes are.
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