2010 Tennessee Code
Title 63 - Professions Of The Healing Arts
Chapter 6 - Medicine and Surgery
Part 7 - Volunteer Health Care Services
63-6-708 - Immunity for voluntary provision of health care services.

63-6-708. Immunity for voluntary provision of health care services.

(a)  (1)  No person who is licensed, certified or authorized by the board of any of the professions of the healing arts, as enumerated in this title, and who engages in the voluntary provision of health care services within the limits of the person's license, certification or authorization to any patient of a sponsoring organization within the meaning of this part, shall be liable for any civil damages for any act or omission resulting from the rendering of such services, unless the act or omission was the result of such person's gross negligence or willful misconduct.

     (2)  The volunteer licensee who is providing free care shall not receive compensation of any type, directly or indirectly, or any benefits of any type whatsoever, or any consideration of any nature, from anyone for the free care. Nor shall such services be part of the provider's training or assignment.

     (3)  The volunteer licensee must be acting within the scope of such license, certification or authority.

     (4)  A health care licensee providing free health care shall not engage in activities at a clinic, or at the health care licensee's office, if the activities are performed on behalf of the sponsoring organization, unless those activities are authorized by the appropriate authorities to be performed at the clinic or office and the clinic or office is in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.

(b)  For purposes of this section, any commissioned or contract medical officer or dentist serving on active duty in the United States armed forces and assigned to duty as a practicing, commissioned, or contract medical officer or dentist at any military hospital or medical facility owned and operated by the United States government shall be deemed to be licensed pursuant to this part.

[Acts 2005, ch. 208, § 1; 2007, ch. 69, § 2; 2009, ch. 581, § 2.]  

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