The South Carolina medical power of attorney form allows a principal to choose a surrogate to handle their health care facility and treatment options in the chance that they cannot make such decisions themselves. The most common selection for the surrogate is a spouse, relative, or close friend. As the person selected is not paid other than expenses reimbursed for lodging and travel, the principal will want to select someone who will assist them in their needs for personal reasons. Note that the agent selected cannot be health care personnel looking after the principal unless the person is directly related by blood. If the principal would like to make end-of-life decisions without the use of an agent, they can do so by authorizing a living will.
Laws – Title 62, Article 5 (Protection of Persons Under Disability and Their Property)
Signing Requirements – Notary Public and Two (2) Witnesses (§ 62-5-517)