In Depth: Medical/Legal Issues (Advance Directives)

Consumer/Patient Complaints about Physicians Texas law allows you to get information about your physician. The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners is required to create a public database of all physicians licensed in Texas. They gather data annually, including information about any disciplinary action against the physician in the prior 10 years, data on the…

Advance Directives law was Consolidated, Improved

The 76th Legislature closed its regular session on May 31, 1999. It considered hundreds of proposals, and voted to make many of them into law. Several important bills affecting Seniors were passed, including the “Advance Directives Act.” Governor Bush vetoed a similar bill that was passed by the 75th Legislature in 1997. According to the…

End-of-Life Issues Raised by Candidates

Dear Mr. Premack: I am one of your dedicated senior readers. I heard the debate between the four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, and am wondering how their comments about changing the artificial life support law in Texas might affect me? – NL Artificial life support has been in the news a great deal in…

Is the basic Medical Power of Attorney good enough?

Dear Mr. Premack: Are there flaws in the ʺrawʺ statutory Medical Power of Attorney in Texas? -MGH The Texas legislature first passed a law allowing appointment of health care agents back in 1989. I wrote an article that was published in the Texas Bar Journal about that new law, highlighting for other attorneys the nature…