In a recent article on Mondaq.com, Okanagan lawyer Geoffrey White, a recognized authority in this area, wrote about end of life health care planning.
One point that stands out is the estimate that 80% of Canadians have not planned for health care decisions at the time of their death.
There are several documents that can help us in our planning. We can make a Representation Agreement or an Advance Directive, among others. If no documents are made, there is legislation: the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act.
At the root of a plan is deciding who should be the substitute decision-maker at the end of life.
There is recent case law relating to these questions, and I will write more about it later this month.
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