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(755 ILCS 45/4-4)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 804-4)
As used in this Article:
(a) "Attending physician" means the physician who has primary
responsibility at the time of reference for the treatment and care of the patient.
(b) "Health care" means any care, treatment, service or procedure to
maintain, diagnose, treat or provide for the patient's physical or mental
health or personal care.
(c) "Health care agency" means an agency governing any type of health
care, anatomical gift, autopsy or disposition of remains for and on behalf
of a patient and refers to the power of attorney or other written
instrument defining the agency or the agency, itself, as appropriate to the context.
(d) "Health care provider", "health care professional", or "provider" means the attending physician
and any other person administering health care to the patient at the time
of reference who is licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or
permitted by law to administer health care in the ordinary course of
business or the practice of a profession, including any person employed by
or acting for any such authorized person.
(e) "Patient" means the principal or, if the agency governs health care
for a minor child of the principal, then the child.
(e-5) "Health care agent" means an individual at least 18 years old designated by the principal to make health care decisions of any type, including, but not limited to, anatomical gift, autopsy, or disposition of remains for and on behalf of the individual. A health care agent is a personal representative under state and federal law. The health care agent has the authority of a personal representative under both state and federal law unless restricted specifically by the health care agency.
(Source: P.A. 98-1113, eff. 1-1-15