2018 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 62 - South Carolina Probate Code
Section 62-5-505. Health care agent powers.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 62-5-505 (2018)

A health care agent has, in addition to the powers set forth in the health care power of attorney, the following specific powers to:

(1) have access to the principal's medical records and information to the same extent that the principal would have access, including the right to disclose the contents to others;

(2) contract on the principal's behalf for placement in a health care or nursing care facility or for health care related services, without the agent incurring personal financial liability for the contract;

(3) hire and fire medical, social service, and other support personnel responsible for the principal's care;

(4) have the same health care facility or nursing care facility visitation rights and privileges of the principal as are permitted to immediate family members or spouses.

HISTORY: 1992 Act No. 306, Section 1; 2005 Act No. 172, Section 1; 2006 Act No. 365, Section 1; 2008 Act No. 303, Sections 2, 3, eff June 11, 2008; 2010 Act No. 244, Section 41, eff June 7, 2010; formerly 1976 Code Section 62-5-504; 2016 Act No. 279, Section 2, eff January 1, 2017.

Editor's Note

Prior Laws: Former Section 62-5-505 was titled Validity of durable power of attorney that authorizes attorney to make health care decisions regarding principal properly executed pursuant to Section 62-5-501, and had the following history: 1992 Act No. 306, Section 8; omitted by 2016 Act No. 279, Section 2, eff January 1, 2017.

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