Bill provides free ambulance service for those injured while rendering good faith emergency care
Legislation pioneered by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure people who are injured while rendering emergency care do not have to pay for an ambulance has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Senator Bateman first authored the bill in 2013 to encourage Good Samaritan acts statewide.
“When a catastrophe strikes, minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and life lost,” Senator Bateman said. “We saw this come to fruition during the recent train crash in Hoboken, where many commuters rushed to aid critically injured passengers in the crucial moments before first responders arrived on the scene. Anyone who demonstrates that kind of selfless courage should not have to pay for an ambulance if they are injured while rendering emergency care.”
Under Senator Bateman’s bill, S-2661, people who are eligible for immunity under New Jersey’s “Good Samaritan Act” will not have to pay the cost of ambulance services as a result of their own injuries while rendering or attempting to render good faith emergency care. New Jersey’s “Good Samaritan Act” provides civil immunity to any individual, including a health care professional or rescue volunteer, who in good faith renders care during an emergency.
“Citizens who rush to the scene of a car accident, administer medical aid to someone who falls ill, or take their lives into their own hands to stop a violent crime deserve our protection,” Senator Bateman added. “I drafted this legislation more than three years ago to encourage more people to become Good Samaritans. I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to make sure it reaches the governor’s desk as swiftly as possible.”