Title 43, Chapter 1, Section 28
(a) This Code section shall be known and may be cited as the
"Georgia Volunteers in Health Care Specialities Act."
(b) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Health care board" means that professional licensing board
which licenses a health care practitioner under this title.
(2) "Health care practitioner" means a chiropractor, registered
professional nurse, or podiatrist.
(3) "Health care specialty" means the practice of chiropractic,
nursing, or podiatry.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each health care
board may issue a special license to qualifying health care
practitioners whose health care specialty is licensed by that board
under the terms and conditions set forth in this Code section. The
special license may only be issued to a person who:
(1) Is currently licensed to practice the applicable health care
specialty in any health care specialty licensing jurisdiction in
the United States and whose license is in good standing; or
(2) Is retired from the practice of the health care specialty and
not currently engaged in such practice either full time or part
time and has, prior to retirement, maintained full licensure in
good standing in the applicable health care specialty licensing
jurisdiction in the United States.
(d) The special licensee shall be permitted to practice the health
care specialty only in the noncompensated employ of public agencies
or institutions, not for profit agencies, not for profit
institutions, nonprofit corporations, or not for profit associations
which provide health care specialty services only to indigent
patients in areas which are underserved by that specialty or
critical need population areas of the state, as determined by the
board which licenses that specialty.
(e) The person applying for the special license under this Code
section shall submit to the appropriate health care board a copy of
his or her health care specialty degree, a copy of his or her health
care specialty license in his or her current or previous licensing
and regulating jurisdiction, and a notarized statement from the
employing agency, institution, corporation, or association on a form
prescribed by that board, whereby he or she agrees unequivocally not
to receive compensation for any health care specialty services he or
she may render while in possession of the special license.
(f) Examinations by the health care board, any application fees, and
all licensure and renewal fees may be waived for the holder of the
special license under this Code section.
(g) If, at the time application is made for the special license, the
health care practitioner is not in compliance with the continuing
education requirements established by the health care board for the
applicable health care specialty, the health care practitioner shall
be issued a nonrenewable temporary license to practice for six
months provided the applicant is otherwise qualified for such
(h) The liability of persons practicing a health care specialty under and in compliance with a special license issued under this Code section and the liability of their employers for such practice shall be governed by Code Section 51-1-29.1, except that a podiatrist engaged in such practice and an employer thereof shall have the same immunity from liability as provided other health care practitioners under Code Section 51-1-29.1.
(i) This Code section, being in derogation of the common law, shall
be strictly construed.