Pro Bono Health Service Delivery to the Indigent: Legal and Ethical Issues

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This article summarizes the legal and ethical issues of pro bono (volunteer) health care delivery. Pro bono is defined, and the scope of activities and the obligations inherent in this type of provision of care are discussed. The legal aspects of planning for and implementing pro bono service activities are presented. Qualified immunity according to the Good Samaritan statutes are addressed. Finally, clinical liability risk management for protecting the provider from liability is presented.

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