A health care declaration, also known as a health care directive, living will or advance directive, ensures that your wishes regarding medical treatment are followed if you are unable to communicate such to the doctors yourself. The document usually discusses the use of artificial life support machinery and/or a feeding tube that can prolong life for many years, even with no hope of any recovery. Chapter 459 of the Missouri Revised Statutes outlines the laws and requirements guiding the drafting and administration of a health care directive. Without an advance health care directive or living will, your health care decisions may be left to an individual you would not otherwise choose to have that power.
Missouri Living Will
In addition to advance health care directive or living will, it is extremely important that you have a power of attorney to ensure someone has the power and authority to make certain the wishes you have outlined in your directive are followed by the doctors and hospital.