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State of Health (KQED), 06/07/17

--Physician-assisted suicide has been legal in California for a year. How’s it going?

The End of Life Option Act in California, which became law in June 2016, offers patients with only months to live the ability to obtain a prescription to end their life. Yet the law has posed challenging to implement for health-care organizations. Catherine Forest, clinical assistant professor of medicine, and Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine, are referenced here. 

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Advance Health Care Information

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

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