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Florida Statutes § 765.205

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“Responsibility of the surrogate under the Florida Health Care Surrogate Act”

A patient’s surrogate must:

  • Have the authority to act for patient in accordance to the patient’s instructions in his advance directive;
  • Consult with health care providers to provide informed consent;
  • Provide written consent whenever consent is required, including a physician’s order not to resuscitate;
  • Apply for public benefits, such as Medicare and Medicaid, for the patient; and
  • Authorize the release of information and medical records to ensure the continuity of the patient’s health care and may authorize the admission, discharge or transfer of the patient.



Current as of June 2015