What Happens To The Living Will After I Have Signed It And Given It To My Doctor?

Your doctor will put the Living Will in your medical record, where everyone involved in your care should see it. Later on, if you are dying or in a persistent vegetative state, the doctor caring for you will follow the directions in your Living Will. If the doctor is not willing to follow your directions because of the doctor's own personal or religious beliefs, he or she must transfer you to the care of another doctor who will follow your directions.

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