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What is the difference between Medical and Durable POA?

1 answer | Last updated: Jun 28, 2010
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what is the difference between medical and durable power of attorney


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There may not be any difference between a medical and durable POA. Or there may be.

There are two types of durable POAs. One is for medical care. The other See also:
What is a durable power of attorney?
is for handling finances. With each type you, the principal, appoint someone to act for you, your agent-in-fact, if you become incapacitated and can no longer make your own medical or financial decisions.

Medical durable POAs may be given another name, depending on state law, including:

  • Medical Power of Attorney

  • Power of Attorney for Health Care

  • Health Care Directive

  • Advance HealthCare Directive

  • Designation of Surrogate

  • Patient Advocate Designation.

Your state's Medical Association should be able to provide you with the proper form for your state.