Advance Directives

Members of First Choice Next, a product of Select Health of South Carolina, Inc., who are 18 years of age or older often make important choices about their health.

The Patient Self-Determination Act is a federal law. It says that you have the right to choose your medical care and treatment. You have the right to let your doctor or other health care provider know about your wishes through an advance directive.

What is an advance directive?

An advance directive is a choice you make ahead of time about the care you do or do not want. You make the choice ahead of time in case you can’t make the choice when you need care.

Advance directives are used only if you can’t speak or make choices. Your advance directive would be used if a doctor decides you are in a terminal or vegetative state. First Choice Next will honor your advance directive to the fullest extent of the law.

There are two kinds of documents that can serve as an advance directive.

Living will

A living will is a written record of how you wish your medical care to be handled if you can’t decide and speak for yourself. Your will should say what type of medical treatments you would or would not want to have.

Durable power of attorney for health care

This is a legal document that gives the name of the person you want to make medical treatment decisions for you in case you cannot make them for yourself. This person does not have to be a lawyer.

Writing your advance directive

To make sure your wishes are met if you cannot speak or make a decision about your care, you should write an advance directive and give a copy to your health care provider, as well as to family members.

If you have any questions about advance directives, please call First Choice Next Member Services at 1-833-983-7272 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Access forms to help you with your advance directives.

CaringInfo provides resources to help you make decisions ahead of time about your end-of-life care.