Gratuitous Services

Gratuitous Services

Surgeon, Gratuitous Services

From the book The Clergyman’s Hand-book of Law, about Surgeon, Gratuitous Services (1): A charitable medical institution is not liable for the negligence of its surgeon in operating upon a patient gratuitously where such institution exercises due care in employing a surgeon deemed competent. The fact that besides such gratuitous services, medicine is taught therein for tuition fees and patients who are able to pay are charged a small fee for room, board, nursing, etc., but no fee from the patient to the doctor, does not change it from a charitable institution.602 However, a hospital that is an adjunct to a medical school is liable.603


Notes and References

  1. Charles M. Scanlan, The Clergyman’s Hand-book of Law. The Law of Church and Grave (1909), Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago

See Also

  • Religion
  • Church






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