Every adult (over 18) should have a properly drawn Heath Care Power of Attorney. It authorizes a person or persons to receive information about your medical condition and to make health care decisions for you.
The decisions your Agent can make include admitting you to medical facilities, hiring medical personnel, authorizing diagnostic tests, approving medical procedures, allowing feeding tubes, permitting resuscitation or anything else you could decide. Your Agent can also ensure that you do not receive unwanted medical treatments, feeding tubes, respirators, resuscitation, etc.
Without an authorized Agent, you and your loved ones lose control. The HIPAA law limits disclosure of information and other laws restrict the ability of loved ones to carry out your wishes. A proper Health Care Power of Attorney puts you and your Agent back in control of your health care.