Don't Leave Loved Ones Guessing
New data on end-of-life planning shows, well…a lack of planning. Without a health care proxy you can leave your loved ones uncertain about your end-of-life wishes.
Do you have a health care proxy?
Nearly nine out of 10 upstate New York adults are aware of the term, “health care proxy,” according to a new survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Among survey respondents who had heard the term, 89 percent know that it is a way to legally designate someone as your health care agent to represent you during a medical crisis if you can’t speak for yourself.
“Despite high awareness and knowledge of the health care proxy term, our survey also revealed that only about four out of 10 upstate New York adults have completed a health care proxy form,” said Patricia Bomba, M.D., Excellus BCBS vice president and medical director of Geriatrics. “That’s disappointing, because so many people have had the experience of making gut-wrenching health care decisions for loved ones who were unable to communicate.”
Other findings from the survey include:
- Health care proxy awareness and knowledge were significantly higher among women than men.
- Significantly more men than women feel that they have no need to fill out a health care proxy form.
- Respondents currently taking a prescription medication for a chronic condition had higher health care proxy awareness, knowledge and completion, compared with those not taking a prescription.
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A free step-by-step booklet and discussion guide on advance care planning, including the health care proxy form, are available for download at compassionandsupport.org.