A Health Care Surrogate names a person to make health care decisions if the maker becomes incapacitated, and is not capable of making informed medical decisions. It authorizes the medical providers to discuss with the surrogate the maker’s medical condition, treatment and prognosis.
The surrogate will make the medical decisions that the surrogate believes in good faith the maker would make. If the surrogate is not certain of what the maker would decide, the surrogate must make decisions based on what the surrogate believes is in the maker’s best interests.
The document also authorizes the surrogate to obtain medical records, and to take those medical records to another medical provider.
The document may list an alternate Surrogate if the primary Surrogate is unable to act.