When we are sick and needing information from our health care provider, sometimes it can be a real challenge to get our call in and get a response back that is helpful. It is that much more difficult if you are SO sick that you can barely call on the phone. This is the reason that a Health Care Power of Attorney is vital. You can give the legal authority to the person you want to follow up with your doctors or coordinate care at the hospital. If you are married, your spouse does not have any extra authority to get information than that of other family members or friends. A Health Care Power of Attorney is still needed. Also, don't forget to list an alternate in case something happens to both you and your first agent listed.