What is the responsibility of the surrogate I selected?

The surrogate has the authority to act on your behalf to make all health care-related decisions while you are incapacitated. They also may give informed consent to health care providers, and make health care decisions they believe you would have made if you were capable of making those decisions. They can also consider your best interest in deciding whether to withhold or withdraw treatments. They can provide written consent for medical treatment on your behalf, including an order not to resuscitate. They are entitled to access your medical records, apply for public benefits, like Medicare and Medicaid, and have access to your financial information in order to apply for public benefits. They can authorize release of your medical records to ensure continuity of your health care, and may authorize your admission, discharge, or transfer to or from a health care facility.

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