Powers of Attorney and Medical Records

By Matthew A. Quick Pursuant to the Illinois Health Care Surrogate Act and the Illinois Power of Attorney Act, to wit, 755 ILCS 45/4-7(a) and 755 ILCS 40/15, respectively, and the Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code, to wit, MCL 700.5506, a Power of Attorney delivered to a person’s physician is made part of the person’s medical record.

When consulting a medical professional, be sure to take a copy of your Power of Attorney for Health Care so that it may be made part of your medical record. Thus, if anything were to happen, your medical professional would have the contact information and the respective powers of your Agents and Patient Advocates.