(210 ILCS 50/2)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 5502)
The Legislature finds and declares that it is the intent of
this legislation to provide the State with systems for
services by establishing within the State Department of Public Health a central
authority responsible for the coordination and integration of all activities within the State concerning pre-hospital and
inter-hospital emergency medical services, as well as non-emergency
medical transports, and
the overall planning, evaluation,
and regulation of pre-hospital emergency medical services systems.
The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to deny emergency medical
services to persons outside the boundaries of this State nor to limit,
or prevent any cooperative agreement for the provision of emergency medical
services between this State, or any of its political subdivisions, and any
other State or its political subdivisions or a federal agency.
The provisions of this Act shall not be construed to
regulate the emergency transportation of persons by friends
or family members, in personal vehicles that are not
ambulances, specialized emergency medical service vehicles,
first response vehicles or medical carriers.
This legislation is intended to provide minimum
standards for the statewide delivery of EMS services. It
is recognized, however, that diversities exist between
different areas of the State, based on geography, location
of health care facilities, availability of personnel, and
financial resources. The Legislature therefore intends that
the implementation and enforcement of this Act by
the Illinois Department of Public Health accommodate those
varying needs and interests to the greatest extent possible
without jeopardizing appropriate standards of medical care,
through the Department's exercise of the waiver provision of
this Act and its adoption of rules pursuant to this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-1; 89-177, eff. 7-19-95.)