Understanding the MA Health Care Proxy

At BIDMC we are committed to providing the type of care that's right for you at every stage of your life. We want to partner with you to ensure that your wishes and preferences are always understood and respected, even if you are so ill or injured that you're unable to speak for yourself.


One of the most important things you can do to make sure that your voice is always heard is to choose someone to speak for you if you're ever unable to speak for yourself. This person is called your Health Care Proxy.

Complete your Health Care Proxy form today. Then read below for help with important next steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions people often have about the Health Care Proxy and planning ahead, or "advance care planning."

These materials were developed by staff, providers, patients and families at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. They were adapted from work originally done by the Central Massachusetts Partnership to Improve End of Life Care and The Conversation Project.

Related Links

  • Conversation Ready: Advance Care Planning at BIDMC Social Work
  • Spiritual Care and Education
  • Ethics Programs
  • Palliative Care Program