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When advance directives are not honored, and how to get data on medical prices
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When I checked into a surgical center recently for a procedure that required general anesthesia, I presented my advance healthcare directive. But as I read over the consent form for the surgery, I noticed one of the provisions advised me that the surgical center had chosen “not to honor” these directives.

Can a healthcare provider choose to ignore an advance directive? If so, what use are the directives?