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Myth #59

  • Category: Government Control

    • There is a Death Book for Veterans.
      • MythThere is an end-of-life planning book distributed by the Department of Veterans Affairs that encourages veterans to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living. Or in another form: Ex-soldiers are a burden to society.

        Fact

         An advance directive is replica watches a legal document that someone can choose to write for the purpose of directing their own medical care in the future, in case they lose the ability to make health care decisions.  

        A replica watches living will is an advance directive that gives instructions about how a person wants to be treated in the future in case they lose the ability to make health care decisions.  

        A durable power of attorney for health care is an advance directive that gives instructions about whom a person wants to make decisions for them in the future in case they lose the ability to make health care decisions.  

        VA¡¯s official advance directive is called ¡°VA ADVANCE DIRECTIVE:  DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE AND LIVING WILL. This document was approved by OMB during the Bush administration. 

        Your Life, Your Choices: Planning for Future Medical Decisions is not an advance directive or a living will. It is an educational workbook that helps Veterans think about their future medical decisions, and can be used by a Veteran to help complete an advance directive. The workbook contains individual worksheets that can be appended to an advance directive. 

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        The pamphlet, ¡°Your Life, Your Choices - Planning for Future Medical Decisions,"--which has been in use for more than 10 years--contains the same advance-care planning required of all health care organizations under federal law and was developed with the input of interfaith ministers.

         

        The Veterans Affairs policy does not encourage disabled vets to end their lives. Rather, it is in accordance with the 1990 Patient Self Determination Act, which requires all institutions receiving Medicare funds to provide information to patients regarding end of life, living will and other advance directives.

         

         

        Facebook PermaLink Myth #: 59 Created: 08/25/09 Updated: 07/10/15 00:40 AM
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