Advance Care Planning
Expressing your wishes for future health care treatmentIn September 2011 the BC government introduced new legislation that provides more legal options for adults to express their wishes and decisions for their future health care, and management of their routine finances and personal care, without having to visit a lawyer. Personal planning, including making future health care decisions, is as important as making a will, but is often overlooked.
When you think and talk about your wishes for future health care with close family and your health care providers, you are doing advance care planning. Advance care planning enables those who know you best to respect your wishes if asked to make a decision on your behalf.
The Ministry of Health encourages all capable adults in BC to do advance care planning and take the further step of documenting their wishes and instructions for future health care using the tools available in the advance care planning guide, My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment.