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Malpractice Immunity for Volunteer Physicians in Public Health Emergencies

Rothstein, M. (2010). Malpractice Immunity for Volunteer Physicians in Public Health Emergencies. The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. 38(1):149-53.

The author contends that granting immunity to volunteer health professionals during public health emergencies is unnecessary and that such laws "discriminate against poor people" and could "undermine" response efforts. Several alternative approaches are presented, such as creating compensation pools for victims of gross negligence and having the federal government indemnify emergency response volunteers instead of granting them immunity.
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