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HB 0024 - Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act; enact

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Tumlin,Steve 38th
Last Action: 5/16/2007 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: Judy
Senate Committee: JUDY
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

Amend Title 31.  The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act.  Provide for an advance directive for health care which combines provisions of a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.  Includes a �Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care� form. Your health care agent has priority over your guardian in making health care decisions unless a court determines otherwise.  Death as a result of following an advance directive will not be considered suicide or homicide.  Any person who, without the declarant�s consent, conceals, cancels, or alters an advance directive shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Any person who falsifies or forges an advance directive with intent to cause a withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining procedures or the withholding or withdrawal of the provision of nourishment or hydration shall be subject to prosecution for criminal homicide.  Performance ad outcome data and pricing data for selected medical conditions, surgeries and procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in Georgia shall be reporting to the Department of Community Health on a regular basis.  The Department shall provide for the establishment of a website for the purpose of providing consumers on the cost and quality of healthcare in Georgia to include but not be limited to cost comparison information on certain prescription drugs at different pharmacies in Georgia, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation center and facilities in Georgia.

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