Through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), eligible health centers may be granted medical malpractice liability protection with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer. To receive coverage, grantees must submit an initial deeming application to the Bureau of Primary Health Care and meet the requirements to attain deemed status and must be redeemed on an annual basis to continue coverage. A deemed health center’s employees are considered federal employees and are immune from lawsuits for medical malpractice. A patient who alleges acts of medical malpractice by a deemed health center cannot sue the health center or the providers directly, but rather must file the claim against the United States Government.
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