The Advance Directive for Healthcare which protects your right to refuse medical treatment you do not want or to request treatment you do want in the event you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. Michigan does not have a statue governing the use of living wills, therefore there is no living will for the state of Michigan.
1. The Michigan Designation of Patient Advocate for Healthcare lets you name someone to make decisions about your medical care - including decisions about life support, mental health treatment and anatomical gifts-if you can no longer speak for yourself. The Designation of Patient Advocate for Healthcare is especially useful because it appoints someone to speak for you any time you are unable to make your own medical or mental health treatment decisions, not only at the end of life. It becomes effective:
- in the case of medical treatment decisions, when your doctor and one other physician or licensed psychologist examine you and determine in writing that you are unable to make medical treatment decisions. The written determination shall be made part of your medical record (prior to its implementation) and must be reviewed at least once a year;
- in the case of mental health treatment decisions, your patient advocate may only exercise his or her authority if a licensed physician and a mental health practitioner both certify, in writing and after examining you, that you are unable to give informed consent to mental health treatment.
- in the case of anatomical gift decisions, your patient advocate may only exercise his or authority after you have been declared dead by a licensed physician.
Click here to get the Advance Directives File.