State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today introduced legislation to provide qualified civil immunity for volunteer health care professionals.

Health care professionals would have the ability to provide free services to indigent and uninsured persons without fear of civil liability. Retired physicians and medical professionals often seek to donate their time and services only to find that the lack of legal protection restricts their ability to assist.

"This is an opportunity to empower health care professionals in Ohio to help those who need care most desperately," said Lehner. "The state of Ohio would save millions by allowing our health care professionals to volunteer their services without fear of civil liability, benefiting both patients and Ohio taxpayers."

The proposal would make medical services more readily available for those who qualify without any charge to the state of Ohio. Estimates based on potential volunteer visits due to increased availability and the value of donated care could result in savings of approximately $59 million for the state.

This type of legislation has passed in the state of Florida, where there have been over 2.3 million visits to volunteer health care professionals. Six states have introduced similar legislation.

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