FAST FACT: New York and Missouri have at least one thing in common…

April 30, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird …they are the only two states where without an advance directive, your doctor is not legally allowed to consult anyone before they make major medical decisions for you (such as whether or not you receive chemotherapy if you've had a stroke and have cancer). An advance directive is your power of attorney and living will combined, stating your wishes for medical care and who you designate to make decisions for you should you become incapacitated.  According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 86% of New Yorkers visited a medical provider at least once in 2007. The Brooklyn based Alternatives to Marriage Project encourages everyone to know their hospital rights and take proactive steps to protect yourself in all medical decisions.  Check out their latest campaign supporting the proposed Family Health Care Decisions Act.


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