38-1202. Legislative intent; act; how construed.

It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting the Emergency Medical Services Practice Act to (1) effectuate the delivery of quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care in the state, (2) eliminate duplication of statutory requirements, (3) merge the former boards responsible for regulating ambulance services and emergency medical care, (4) replace the former law regulating providers of and services delivering emergency medical care, (5) provide for the appropriate licensure of persons providing out-of-hospital medical care and licensure of organizations providing emergency medical services, (6) provide for the establishment of educational requirements and permitted practices for persons providing out-of-hospital emergency medical care, (7) provide a system for regulation of out-of-hospital emergency medical care which encourages out-of-hospital emergency care providers and emergency medical services to provide the highest degree of care which they are capable of providing, and (8) provide a flexible system for the regulation of out-of-hospital emergency care providers and emergency medical services that protects public health and safety.

The act shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes of, carry out the intent of, and discharge the responsibilities prescribed in the act.

Source:Laws 1997, LB 138, § 2; R.S.1943, (2003), § 71-5173; Laws 2007, LB463, § 486.