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S 357
Session 121 (2015-2016) 

S 0357 General Bill, By Cleary and Davis

Similar(H 4999) A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 TO CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44 SO AS TO BE ENTITLED "IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR PROVIDING FREE HEALTH CARE SERVICES", AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE SERVICES OF A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TREATING A PATIENT FREE OF CHARGE ARE DEEMED TO BE WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN STATUTE; TO REENTITLE CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44 AS "HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS"; TO DESIGNATE SECTIONS 44-30-10 THROUGH 44-30-90 AS ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44, ENTITLED "HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL COMPLIANCE ACT"; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LIABILITY OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHEN PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL CARE, SO AS TO REQUIRE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT OF PROVISION OF THE VOLUNTARY, UNCOMPENSATED CARE AND TO ALLOW THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT TO BE AN ELECTRONIC RECORD. 01/22/15 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 1) 01/22/15 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs (Senate Journal-page 1) 03/10/15 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Medical Affairs (Senate Journal-page 19) 03/18/15 Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted (Senate Journal-page 18) 03/18/15 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 18) 03/18/15 Senate Roll call Ayes-45 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 18) 03/19/15 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 7) 03/24/15 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 15) 03/24/15 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 15) 09/25/15 Scrivener's error corrected


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/22/2015
3/10/2015
3/18/2015
9/25/2015



S. 357

Indicates Matter Stricken

Indicates New Matter

COMMITTEE AMENDMENT AMENDED AND ADOPTED

March 18, 2015

S. 357

Introduced by Senator Cleary

S. Printed 3/18/15--S.    [SEC 9/25/15 2:15 PM]

Read the first time January 22, 2015.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3 TO CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44 SO AS TO BE ENTITLED "IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY FOR PROVIDING FREE HEALTH CARE SERVICES", AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE SERVICES OF A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TREATING A PATIENT FREE OF CHARGE ARE DEEMED TO BE WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN STATUTE; TO REENTITLE CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44 AS "HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS"; TO DESIGNATE SECTIONS 44-30-10 THROUGH 44-30-90 AS ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 30, TITLE 44, ENTITLED "HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL COMPLIANCE ACT"; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-79-30, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO LIABILITY OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHEN PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL CARE, SO AS TO REQUIRE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT OF PROVISION OF THE VOLUNTARY, UNCOMPENSATED CARE AND TO ALLOW THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT TO BE AN ELECTRONIC RECORD.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 30, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Article 3

Immunity from Liability

for Providing Free Health Care Services

Section 44-30-310.    If a health care provider, licensed pursuant to the laws of this State, informs his or her patient in writing, which may include use of an electronic medical record device, before treatment that the treatment to be rendered by the health care provider will be provided free of charge, the services rendered are deemed to be within the scope of the Good Samaritan statute, pursuant to Section 15-1-310, mutatis mutandis. For purposes of this section, a health care provider includes a dentist maintaining a restricted volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-15-177, a practitioner maintaining a special volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-47-34, and a chiropractor maintaining a special volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-9-85."

SECTION    2.    A.        Chapter 30, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is reentitled "Health Care Professionals".

B.        Sections 44-30-10 through 44-30-90 are designated as Article 1, Chapter 30, Title 44 and entitled "Health Care Professional Compliance Act".

SECTION    3.    When, at the time of printing the Code of Laws, it is practically and economically feasible, the Code Commissioner shall change references to "chapter" in Sections 44-30-10 through 44-30-90 of the 1976 Code to "article".

SECTION    4.    Section 38-79-30 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 153 of 2010, is further amended to read:

"Section 38-79-30.        (A)    No licensed health care provider, as defined in Section 38-79-410, who renders medical services voluntarily and without compensation or the expectation or promise of compensation and seeks no reimbursement from charitable and governmental sources is liable for any civil damages for any act or omission resulting from the rendering of the services unless the act or omission was the result of the licensed health care provider's gross negligence or wilful misconduct. The agreement to provide a voluntary, noncompensated service must be made in writing, which may include use of an electronic medical record device, before rendering service in the case of a nonemergency and may be evidenced by the provider's giving notice in writing, which may include use of an electronic medical record device, to the patient or to the person responsible for the patient's care and acting for the patient that the service being rendered is voluntary and without compensation.

(B)    For purposes of this section, a health care provider includes a dentist maintaining a restricted volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-15-177, a practitioner maintaining a special volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-47-34, and a chiropractor maintaining a special volunteer license pursuant to Section 40-9-85."

SECTION    5.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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