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Volunteer Medical Professional Health Care Act

January 31, 2016
By New Jersey Legislature

The New Jersey bill would extend the same protection to “volunteer medical professionals” even when they are treating patients on a non-volunteer basis.

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Health Care News reported in July 2017:

A bill before the New Jersey Legislature would limit the malpractice liability of physicians in private practice who donate time and services to charity clinics treating low-income and uninsured patients.

Federal law protects physicians from malpractice lawsuits for charity care they provide. New Jersey Senate Bill 239, the Volunteer Medical Professional Health Care Act, sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer (R-Lakewood) and Sen. Brian Stack (D-Jersey City), would extend the same protection to “volunteer medical professionals” even when they are treating patients on a non-volunteer basis.

A licensed health care or dentistry professional volunteering at least 48 hours per calendar quarter, just under four hours per week on average, would qualify for the limitation of liability under the bill, which the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee has held since its introduction in January 2016.

Download the bill.

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