Texas Hospital Association

Advance Directives

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Take Charge of Your Health Care!
Put Your Wishes in Writing

An advance directive is your life on your terms. Whether you're 18 or 80, documenting your wishes today means your family won't have to make heart-wrenching decisions later.

Texas hospitals encourage you to know your options for accepting or refusing care. Decide what’s right for you. Talk with your family, friends and doctors. And then put it in writing.

What are “advance directives”?

Why do we hear so much about advance directives?

I’m young and healthy. Why do I need an advance directive?

What does the law say?

Why do hospitals ask me if I have an advance directive?

What are my options for advance directives?


Subsidiaries and Affiliates


Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange

Texas Hospital Association Foundation

Texas Healthcare Trustees


According to Texas Government Code 305.027, portions of this material may be considered “legislative advertising.” Authorization for its publication is made by John Hawkins, Texas Hospital Association, 1108 Lavaca, Suite 700, Austin, Texas, 78701-2180.