An Advance Medical Directive (AMD) is a legal document you sign in advance to inform your doctor that you do not want the use of any life-sustaining treatment to prolong your life in the event you become terminally ill and unconscious and where death is approaching.

Anyone above the age of 21 and has decision-making capacity can make an AMD.

For more information, visit Ministry of Health website.

What is the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Advance Medical Directive (AMD)?
Advance Care Planning is an ongoing communication process to help you make informed decisions regarding your future healthcare wishes. It is not a legal process in itself.

An Advance Medical Directive is a legal document that you complete which states that you do not wish to receive extraordinary life-sustaining treatment to artificially prolong your life in the event of terminal illness where death is inevitable and impending. You can also make an ACP and sign an AMD at the same time.

Refer to this section on frequently asked questions for AMD.

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