Health care choices directive
Missouri law allows individuals to put their wishes for medical care in writing, in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. By completing a health care choices directive, a consumer can give instructions about what kind of care he or she wants or does not want to receive if they have a terminal illness or condition and there is no reasonable chance they will recover. Putting these instructions in writing can spare family members the agony of trying to guess what kind of care would be wanted by the patient.
Attorney General Nixon recommends consumers complete the advance directive forms on pages 15-20 of Life Choices. The health care choices directive is among these forms.