In Florida, you have the right to make your own medical decisions.
Florida law says that every competent Florida adult has the right to make decisions concerning their health. This includes the right to choose or refuse medical treatment.
If you become unable to make decisions due to a physical or mental change, like a coma, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or another condition, you are considered incapacitated.
In Florida, your primary physician can determine if you are incapacitated.
Florida law ensures that an incapacitated person’s decisions about health care will still be respected, according to Florida Statute 765. This statute covers your rights with Health Care Advance Directives, Health Care Surrogates, and more.
This statute recognizes several rights, including:
Advance Directives: You have the right to make an advance directive instructing your physician to provide, withhold, or withdraw life-prolonging procedures;
Designating Someone: You have the right to designate another person to be your Health Care Surrogate and make treatment decisions for you when you become unable to do so.
And Florida law states that you do not have to be incapacitated to elect a health care surrogate to make your decisions.