MASSACHUSETTS - GOOD SAMARITAN ACT

January 1, 2008

Massachusetts state laws and regulations that affect your medical practice

1. What is the Good Samaritan Act and how does it affect a physician who renders care in an emergency situation?

Massachusetts' Good Samaritan Act was enacted to encourage health care practitioners to provide necessary emergency care to all persons without fear of litigation and provides as follows:

No licensed physician, registered or licensed nurse or physician registered in another state who, in good faith, as a volunteer and without fee, renders emergency care or treatment, other than in the ordinary course of his practice, shall be liable in a suit for damages as a result of his acts or omissions, nor shall he be liable to a hospital for its expenses if, under such emergency conditions, he orders a person hospitalized or causes his admission.

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