Health Care Proxy or Living Will: Which Matters More?

In the United States, approximately 40% of adult medical inpatients and 70% of elderly patients facing treatment decisions are incapable of making medical decisions.  Someone will make medical decisions for them. There are two key tools to plan ahead for medical decision-making in the event of incapacity: a health care proxy and a living will.  Here’s what they do and which one matters more.