Health Care Directives

You have the right to accept or refuse medical/surgical treatment at any time. Physicians and other health care professionals must respect your decision, as long as it is legally and ethically acceptable. A health care directive assures your wishes are communicated to your health care providers.

-- Manitoba Medical Association

A Health Care Directive allows you to give advance written instructions about possible treatments should you become unable to communicate them. It also allows you to name someone (a proxy) to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapable.

Your doctor, nurse, lawyer, or the staff at Psychosocial Oncology can provide you with information about how to make a Health Care Directive. This information then needs to be communicated to your physician(s), family and friends.

For more information on Health Care Directives, visit the Manitoba Health Web site.