(20 ILCS 2310/2310-220)
(was 20 ILCS 2310/55.73)
Findings; rural obstetrical care.
that substantial areas of rural Illinois lack adequate access to obstetrical
care. The primary cause of this problem is the absence of qualified
practitioners who are willing to offer obstetrical services. A significant
barrier to recruiting and retaining those practitioners is the high cost of
professional liability insurance for practitioners offering obstetrical care.
Therefore, the Department, from funds appropriated for that purpose, shall
award grants to physicians practicing obstetrics in rural designated shortage
areas, as defined in Section 3.04 of the Family Practice Residency Act, for the
purpose of reimbursing those physicians for the costs of obtaining malpractice
insurance relating to obstetrical services. The Department shall establish
reasonable conditions, standards, and duties relating to the application for
and receipt of the grants.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)