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745 ILCS 70/3
(745 ILCS 70/3)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 5303)
As used in this Act, unless the context clearly
(a) "Health care" means any phase of patient care,
including but not limited to, testing; diagnosis; prognosis; ancillary research; instructions; family planning, counselling, referrals, or any other advice in connection with the use or procurement of contraceptives and sterilization or abortion procedures; medication; or surgery or other care or treatment rendered by a physician or physicians, nurses, paraprofessionals or health care facility, intended for the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of persons;
(b) "Physician" means any person who is licensed by
the State of Illinois under the Medical Practice Act of 1987;
(c) "Health care personnel" means any nurse, nurses'
aide, medical school student, professional, paraprofessional or any other person who furnishes, or assists in the furnishing of, health care services;
(d) "Health care facility" means any public or
private hospital, clinic, center, medical school, medical training institution, laboratory or diagnostic facility, physician's office, infirmary, dispensary, ambulatory surgical treatment center or other institution or location wherein health care services are provided to any person, including physician organizations and associations, networks, joint ventures, and all other combinations of those organizations;
(e) "Conscience" means a sincerely held set of moral
convictions arising from belief in and relation to God, or which, though not so derived, arises from a place in the life of its possessor parallel to that filled by God among adherents to religious faiths;
(f) "Health care payer" means a health maintenance
organization, insurance company, management services organization, or any other entity that pays for or arranges for the payment of any health care or medical care service, procedure, or product; and
(g) "Undue delay" means unreasonable delay that
causes impairment of the patient's health.
The above definitions include not only the traditional combinations and forms
of these persons and organizations but also all new and emerging forms and
combinations of these persons and organizations.
(Source: P.A. 99-690, eff. 1-1-17