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Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions

Under the Law in South Carolina

State law mandates that the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging provide the public information about advance directives, or living wills and health care powers of attorney.

South Carolina and federal law give all competent adults, 18 years or older, the right to make their own health care decisions, including the right to decide what medical care or treatment to accept, reject or discontinue. If you do not want to receive certain types of treatment or you wish to name someone to make health care decisions for you, you have the right to make these desires known to your doctor, hospital or other health care providers, and in general, have these rights respected. You also have the right to be told about the nature of your illness in terms that you can understand, the general nature of the proposed treatments, the risks of failing to undergo these treatments, and any alternative treatments or procedures that may be available to you.

This website describes what South Carolina and federal law have to say about your right to inform your health care providers about medical care and treatment you want, or do not want, and about your right to select another person to make these decisions for you, if you are physically or mentally unable to make them yourself.

Overview: Advance Directives, Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney


The following forms are all in Adobe pdf format. If you do not have the reader, you can go to Adobe to install the needed software by clicking on the "Get Adobe Reader" link in the lower right corner of this page.

Living Will in English (small pdf)
Living Will in Spanish (Declaración A Favor De Una Muerte Natural) (small pdf)
Health Care Power of Attorney in English (small pdf)
Health Care Power of Attorney in Spanish (Oder Legal Para Atención Médica)
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