§ 44-66-10 Short title
§ 44-66-20 Definitions
§ 44-66-30 Persons who may make health care decisions for patient who is unable to consent; order of priority; exceptions
§ 44-66-40 Provision of health care without consent where there is serious threat to health of patient or to relieve suffering; person having highest priority to make health care decision
§ 44-66-50 Provision of health care without consent to relieve suffering, restore bodily function, or to preserve life, health, or bodily integrity of patient
§ 44-66-60 No authority to provide health care to patient who is unable to consent where health care is against religious beliefs of patient or patients prior instructions
§ 44-66-70 Person who makes health care decision for another not subject to civil or criminal liability, nor liable for costs of care; health care provider not subject to civil or criminal liability
§ 44-66-75 Designating a family member with whom provider may discuss medical condition; exemptions
§ 44-66-80 Other laws mandating or allowing testing or treatment without consent unaffected

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 44 > Chapter 66

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Health care: means a procedure to diagnose or treat a human disease, ailment, defect, abnormality, or complaint, whether of physical or mental origin. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Health care professional: means an individual who is licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized by the laws of this State to provide health care to members of the public. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Patient: means an individual sixteen years of age or older who presents or is presented to a health care provider for treatment. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Person: includes , but is not limited to, an individual, a state agency, or a representative of a state agency. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Physician: means an individual who is licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy pursuant to Chapter 47, Title 40. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • provider: means a person, health care facility, organization, or corporation licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or permitted by the laws of this State to administer health care. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Treatment: means the broad range of emergency, outpatient, intermediate, and inpatient services and care that may be extended to a patient to diagnose and treat a human disease, ailment, defect, abnormality, or complaint, whether of physical or mental origin. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Unable to consent: means unable to appreciate the nature and implications of the patient's condition and proposed health care, to make a reasoned decision concerning the proposed health care, or to communicate that decision in an unambiguous manner. See South Carolina Code 44-66-20
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.