What is a Designation of Healthcare Surrogate? The Miller Elder Law Firm explains what a designation of health care surrogate is and why it is important.
“A designation of health care surrogate is a document where you say ahead of time that you want someone to make medical decisions for you if you cannot. So, for example, you and your husband, let’s say, are in a car accident and you can’t make the decision whether or not to have a surgery. If you have a health care surrogate designation, you say to the doctor ahead of time, ‘Here’s his judgment I trust to make medical decisions for me when I cannot.’ Then, the doctor will contact that person, explain the ins and outs of the surgery, and get informed consent for the surgery.”