Living Will / Advance Care Planning

A Health Care Directive (also known as a Living Will), gives Manitobans the right to accept or refuse medical treatment at any time. The provincial Health Care Directives Act allows you to express your wishes about the amount and type of healthcare and treatment you want to receive, should you become unable to speak or communicate. It also allows you to give another person (your proxy) the power to make medical decisions for you, should you be unable to make them yourself.

You should talk to your doctor before writing out your wishes. This will ensure your directions are clearly understood by those providing the treatment. These wishes are binding on healthcare professionals and will be honoured by the courts (unless they are not consistent with accepted healthcare practices). It is important to let family, friends, your doctor and your proxy know you have a directive and where it can be found. For more information on Advanced Care Planning, click here.

For more information on Health Care Directives and to download a form, see www.gov.mb.ca/health/livingwill.html.

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