Advance Directives are written instructions about the healthcare you want to receive if you are unable to speak for yourself. Any Sunshine Health member 18 years or older can make an advance directive to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment or withhold or remove life-giving care in the event of a terminal condition. This also includes planning treatment before you need it.
You can call Member Services. The number is 1-855-463-4100. You can also talk to your PCP if you have questions or need help in finding the form. Once completed, ask your PCP to put the form in your fi le. You can make changes to your directive when you want to. If the law changes, we will let you know within 90 days of any change.
To learn more about creating your Advance Directive, please visit the Florida Health Care Association website. If your directive is not being followed, you can call the state’s complaint line at 1-888-419-3456.
Together, you and your PCP can make decisions that will set your mind at ease. It can help your doctors understand your wishes about your health. Advance Directives will not take away your right to make your own decisions. They will work only when you are unable to speak for yourself. You will not be discriminated against for not having an Advance Directive. Sunshine Health does not limit the implementation of advance directives as a matter of conscience.
Examples of advance directives include:
- Living Will.
- Health Care Power of Attorney.
- “Do Not Resuscitate” Orders.