The Curveball Series was created with helping readers in stressful and emotional situations caused by unpredictable events that are life-changing. As much as we do not wish to lose control over our decision-making ability, there are multiple ways we could lose autonomy over choices we presently exercise without a second thought.
In some situations, we are legally restricted from making certain choices. In other situations, we are robbed of our mental ability to make decisions and those we love and care for are suddenly faced with decisions that would burden them greatly. For the latter (where we are no longer able to make decisions for ourselves), there are some documents we can prepare and procedures we can familiarise ourselves with, in order to demonstrate our wishes in case of such unfortunate circumstances.
The Advance Medical Directive:
Simply, the Advance Medical Directives (AMD) are written instructions for doctors not to prolong your life with extraordinary life-sustaining treatment where death is imminent and there is no chance for recovery.
The practice and professional responsibility of every doctor is to ensure that all necessary treatment are being given as long as the patient is not certified “terminally ill” and there is a chance of recovery. Doctors also have the responsibility to provide treatment that minimise pain and suffering if the patient is terminally ill.
What You Need: Advance Medical Directive – Checklist
|What You Need||Condition|
|a.||Be physically present (anywhere) with two witnesses||
|c.||Prescribed AMD form||
|d.||Payment for the doctor who is your witness||
|e.||To Register||Registrar of Advance Medical Directives (Registrar of AMD) at:
The Registry of Advance Medical Directives
Ministry of Health
College of Medicine Building
16 College Road
Tel: 6325 9136
Fax: 6325 9212
It is not compulsory to share your AMD details with anyone. However, there is less confusion for your family members and loved ones if you bring up the subject for discussions before making these instructions. Please remember that the information you have lodged at the Register of AMD is kept confidential and you will need to write in to authorise the disclosure of this information. So think ahead – if not for yourself – then for your loved ones.
This article is written by Sean Nguyen from Asia Law Network.
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