Friday, November 27, 2009

Some people have a right to know

A letter on southcoasttoday.com points out that there are some persons who should be given automatic access to health records. Spouses should always have access to each others records. Parents should, once their children are old enough, have either a living will or a signed power of attorney granting one or all of their children access to their medical records. Everyone should prepare for the worst case scenario - should you be incapacitated, who takes care of you and your affairs? Living wills and medical/financial/total power of attorney specify the answers to those questions. Don't make them lightly, and make sure you really trust the peolple you are giving such power to, but if at all possible, have these documents on file with an attorney and/or your doctor.

So much for a 'light weight' rest of the week. :)