Medical liability in the U.S. is criticized as being costly, inefficient, and inconsistent. This broken system is failing both doctors and patients alike. For more than 40 years, numerous reform efforts have failed to pass legislation that contains costs, stabilizes liability insurance premiums, and meaningfully promotes patient safety.
Large-scale disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding have highlighted the need to ensure physicians who seek to lend their expertise and assistance to victims are not turned away because of the threat of medical liability lawsuits.
The Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act would provide liability protections to medical professionals who volunteer in a federally declared disaster.
See a list of the states that have enacted UEVHPA.