Thailand Living Will
A Thailand Living Will, also known as an Advance Directive, instructs an individual’s health care representative on what to do when the time comes that the person is already incapacitated and terminal. The Living Will is expected to be precise and specific on what actions the person is willing to have his or her doctor take, and which things you wish to not have, such as: tube feeding, ventilator use, pain management and other artificial life preservers.
Thailand Living Will
The living will can be drafted in the generic form and can also be done with a licensed professional lawyer which would entail specifics. It can be written in English and Thai both ways, as to wider comprehension by every health care provider and to have all your wishes stated as clearly as possible.
A Living Will in Thailand can be drafted as a Power of Attorney or a separate document which assigns a health care representative to make a decision on the person’s behalf. The Living Will does not need to be notarized – but should be signed by you, your appointed health care representative and two witnesses. All signatures should be signed using blue ink as this would show when the document is scanned. It is best to consult assistance for this matter for you to be guided the best way to proceed.
Filing the Living Will with the hospital that you normally use is a great idea as they have several copies of your case on hand, and also some important documents as well as with the health care representative. Many private hospitals would want this document to be executed on their form, so it is highly recommended to inquire at your hospital if they have their own separate form. Hospitals, in general, do not keep these documents on file and not ask about them in times of crisis as they are obliged to perform every life-prolonging method available. However, once made aware of the Living Will – they are required to respect it under Thai law.
A Thai Living Will is recognized by the Thailand National Health Care Act of 2007 and gives the right to an individual to refuse treatment when the patient becomes terminal and incapable of proper communication. One should be legally fit when writing this document. However, euthanasia is still illegal under the Thailand Health Act.
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