DEFINITION of 'Healthcare Power Of Attorney - HCPA'

A legal form that allows an individual to empower another with decisions regarding his or her healthcare and medical treatment. Healthcare power of attorney becomes active when a person is unable to make decisions or consciously communicate intentions regarding treatments.

BREAKING DOWN 'Healthcare Power Of Attorney - HCPA'

The healthcare power of attorney allows people who become unable to make their own decisions to exercise their beliefs and wishes regarding medical procedures. The person's agent can communicate on behalf of the sick or injured person, preventing unwanted treatment. The process of denoting an HCPA is fairly straightforward, and the privilege can be revoked at any time.

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