Your Right to Make Decisions About Medical Treatment
Madera Community Hospital
When it comes to medical treatment, you always have the final say in how
your care proceeds. Any treatment or procedure prescribed by a doctor
is a recommendation based on their professional opinion, and you have
a right to refuse any of their treatment recommendations.
Many treatments, surgeries, and medications require the patient to make
lifestyle adjustments and the treatment may result in certain side effects.
Your doctor has a responsibility to inform you of any potential side effects
or complications that may arise from treatment, as well as the possible
benefits, so you can make informed decisions in your care.
Healthcare “Surrogates” & Advance Directives
If you are uncomfortable making healthcare decisions for yourself, you
can tell your doctor you would like to have a friend or family member
designated as your healthcare “surrogate”. This person will
be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf, while you
are receiving treatment.
The surrogate’s authority only applies to the specific condition
for which you requested assistance. Should you recover from your condition
and face another health problem, at a later date, your doctor will need
to designate your surrogate again, if you wish.
You can also designate someone to make healthcare decisions for you in
the event that you become incapacitated by creating an
Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is a set of instructions created by you to guide
their medical care team if you are unable to communicate. For example,
if you are heavily sedated during surgery and a complication arises, the
medical team will defer to your Advance Directives when deciding how to
proceed. These may include specific instructions written by you or contact
information for an individual you have entrusted to make decisions for you.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about setting up an Advance Directive or a
or call us (559) 675-5555.