As used in this Chapter, the terms listed below shall mean the following:

(1)  “Medical practitioner” means anyone issued a permit or licensed to practice under the provisions of Chapters 11, 13, or 15 of Title 37, when engaged in such practice, and shall include professional medical corporations and partnerships, pharmacists, optometrists, podiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and psychologists.

(2)  “Dental practitioner” means anyone issued a permit or licensed to practice under the provisions of Chapter 9 of Title 37, when engaged in such practice, and shall include professional dental corporations and partnerships.

(3)  “Medical institution” means any hospital as defined in R.S. 40:2102; any nursing home or home as defined in R.S. 40:2009.2; or any physician’s or dentist’s offices or clinics containing facilities for the examination, diagnosis, treatment, or care of human illnesses.

(4)  “Medical contract” means a) with respect to employment for services entered into by a patient and a medical practitioner, any written agreement, a sample of which is provided in R.S. 9:4231 below b) with respect to agreement between a medical institution and a patient, any contract of employment for services (including all equipment, supplies or personnel employed in connection therewith) described or regulated by Chapters 11, 13, and 15 of Title 37 or Chapter 11 of Title 40, whether entered into directly or indirectly by the patient, on the one hand, and the medical institution, on the other hand.

(5)  “Dental contract” means any employment for services including all equipment, supplies or personnel employed in connection therewith described or regulated by Chapter 9 of Title 37, whether entered into directly or indirectly by the patient, on the one hand, and the dental practitioner or medical institution, on the other hand.

(6)  “Professional corporation” means any professional medical corporation created under the provisions of R.S. 12:901, any professional dental corporation created under the provisions of R.S. 12:981.

Added by Acts 1975, No. 371, §1; Acts 1997, No. 1451, §3.