Laws Lawyers Find Laws Legal Forms State Laws Bills

GEORGIA STATUTES AND CODES

§ 43-34-22 - Practicing medicine without a license; titles and abbreviations; exceptions

Listen
O.C.G.A.43-34-22 (2010) 43-34-22.Practicing medicine without a license; titles and abbreviations; exceptions (a)Ifany person shall hold himself or herself out to the public as beingengaged in the diagnosis or treatment of disease or injuries of humanbeings, or shall suggest, recommend, or prescribe any form of treatmentfor the palliation, relief, or cure of any physical or mental ailment ofany person, with the intention of receiving therefor, either directlyor indirectly, any fee, gift, or compensation whatsoever, or shallmaintain an office for the reception, examination, or treatment ofdiseased or injured human beings, or shall attach the title "M.D.,""Oph.," "D.," "Dop.," "Surgeon," "Doctor," "D.O.," "Doctor ofOsteopathy," "Osteopathic Physician," or "Physician," either alone or inconnection with other words, or any other word or abbreviation to hisor her name indicative that he or she is engaged in the treatment ofdiseased, defective, or injured human beings, and shall not in any ofthese cases then possess a valid license to practice medicine under thelaws of this state, he or she shall be deemed to be practicing medicinewithout complying with this article and shall be deemed in violation ofthis article.(b)Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit:(1)Gratuitous services in cases of emergency;(2)The practice of the religious tenets or general beliefs of any church whatsoever;(3)Therequiring of a fee for examination by opticians, at their establishedplaces of business, who do not prescribe or use drugs or medicines orattach to their names titles indicative that any such persons areengaged in the practice of medicine, as defined in this article;(4)The performance of their duties for the federal government by federal physicians, both military and civilian;(5)Theconsultation on special cases approved by the board in this state ofregularly licensed physicians from other states or territories;(6)The licensed practice of dentistry, optometry, psychology, podiatry, or chiropractic;(7)The licensed practice of midwifery or nursing;(8)Theutilization of a physician assistant to perform tasks approved by theboard, and the performance of such tasks by the physician assistant; thedelegation by a physician to a qualified person other than a physicianassistant of any acts, duties, or functions which are otherwisepermitted by law or established by custom; and the performance of suchacts, duties, or functions by such a person other than a physicianassistant; or(9)The performance of:(A)Anymedical task by a student enrolled in a medical school, osteopathicmedical school, or physician assistant training program approved by theboard;(B)Any dental task by a student enrolled in a dental college approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry; or(C)Any nursing task by a student enrolled in a nursing program approved by the Georgia Board of Nursingwhereany such task is performed under the supervision of an authorizedinstructor lawfully licensed in this state to perform such tasks.(c)Nothingin this article shall be construed as preventing any person holding avalid license as a Doctor of Osteopathy on March 16, 1970, from engagingin the practice of osteopathy as the same was practiced by such personat such time, subject to biennial renewal of his or her license. Suchlimited renewal licenses shall not authorize the practice of obstetricsor surgery other than the minor suturing of cuts.
Loading...
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Volume:
  • Mute
  • Half
  • Max
  • O.C.G.A. 43-34-22 (2010)
    43-34-22. Practicing medicine without a license; titles and abbreviations; exceptions


    (a) If any person shall hold himself or herself out to the public as being engaged in the diagnosis or treatment of disease or injuries of human beings, or shall suggest, recommend, or prescribe any form of treatment for the palliation, relief, or cure of any physical or mental ailment of any person, with the intention of receiving therefor, either directly or indirectly, any fee, gift, or compensation whatsoever, or shall maintain an office for the reception, examination, or treatment of diseased or injured human beings, or shall attach the title "M.D.," "Oph.," "D.," "Dop.," "Surgeon," "Doctor," "D.O.," "Doctor of Osteopathy," "Osteopathic Physician," or "Physician," either alone or in connection with other words, or any other word or abbreviation to his or her name indicative that he or she is engaged in the treatment of diseased, defective, or injured human beings, and shall not in any of these cases then possess a valid license to practice medicine under the laws of this state, he or she shall be deemed to be practicing medicine without complying with this article and shall be deemed in violation of this article.

    (b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit:

    (1) Gratuitous services in cases of emergency;

    (2) The practice of the religious tenets or general beliefs of any church whatsoever;

    (3) The requiring of a fee for examination by opticians, at their established places of business, who do not prescribe or use drugs or medicines or attach to their names titles indicative that any such persons are engaged in the practice of medicine, as defined in this article;

    (4) The performance of their duties for the federal government by federal physicians, both military and civilian;

    (5) The consultation on special cases approved by the board in this state of regularly licensed physicians from other states or territories;

    (6) The licensed practice of dentistry, optometry, psychology, podiatry, or chiropractic;

    (7) The licensed practice of midwifery or nursing;

    (8) The utilization of a physician assistant to perform tasks approved by the board, and the performance of such tasks by the physician assistant; the delegation by a physician to a qualified person other than a physician assistant of any acts, duties, or functions which are otherwise permitted by law or established by custom; and the performance of such acts, duties, or functions by such a person other than a physician assistant; or

    (9) The performance of:

    (A) Any medical task by a student enrolled in a medical school, osteopathic medical school, or physician assistant training program approved by the board;

    (B) Any dental task by a student enrolled in a dental college approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry; or

    (C) Any nursing task by a student enrolled in a nursing program approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing

    where any such task is performed under the supervision of an authorized instructor lawfully licensed in this state to perform such tasks.

    (c) Nothing in this article shall be construed as preventing any person holding a valid license as a Doctor of Osteopathy on March 16, 1970, from engaging in the practice of osteopathy as the same was practiced by such person at such time, subject to biennial renewal of his or her license. Such limited renewal licenses shall not authorize the practice of obstetrics or surgery other than the minor suturing of cuts.

    Georgia Forms by Issue

    Georgia Abortion Forms
    Georgia Children/Juvenile Forms
    Georgia Court Forms
    > Magistrate
    Georgia Family Forms
    Georgia Name Change Forms
    Georgia Tax Forms

    Georgia Law

    Georgia State Laws
        > Georgia Child Support
        > Georgia Gun Laws
        > Georgia Statutes
    Georgia Court
        > Furman v. Georgia
        > Gregg v. Georgia
        > Worcester v. Georgia
    Georgia State
        > Georgia Counties
    Georgia Tax
        > Georgia State Tax
    Georgia Labor Laws
        > Georgia Unemployment
    Georgia Agencies
        > Better Business Bureau Georgia
        > Georgia Department of Corrections
        > Georgia Department of Education
        > Georgia Department of Labor
        > Georgia Department of Revenue
        > Georgia DMV
        > Georgia Real Estate Commission
        > Georgia Secretary of State
        > Georgia Secretary of State Corporation

    Georgia Court Map

    Tips