The purpose of the Health Care Proxy law is to give a person of your choice the authority to speak for you when you are incapacitated to ensure that decisions regarding your medical treatment are made in accordance with your wishes, including your religious and moral beliefs if known to your agent, or, if your agent does not know your views, in accordance with your best interests. Therefore, a major advantage in appointing a health care agent through a Health Care Proxy is that you do not have to know in advance all the decisions that may arise. Instead, your health care agent can interpret your wishes as medical circumstances change and can make decisions you could not have known would have to be made. The Health Care Proxy is just as useful for decisions to receive treatment as it is for decisions to stop treatment.
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