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(710 ILCS 15/9)
(from Ch. 10, par. 209)
(a) Every health care arbitration agreement
shall be clearly captioned "Health Care Arbitration Agreement".
(b) Every health care arbitration agreement in relation to health care
services rendered during hospitalization shall specify the date of commencement
of hospitalization. Every health care arbitration agreement in relation
to health care services not rendered during hospitalization shall state
the specific cause for which the services are provided.
(c) Every health care arbitration agreement may be cancelled by any
signatory (1) within 60 days of its execution or within 60 days of the date of
the patient's discharge from the hospital, whichever is later, as to an
in relation to health care services rendered during hospitalization, provided,
that if executed other than at the time of discharge of the patient from
the hospital, the health care arbitration agreement be reaffirmed at the
time of the discharge planning process in the same manner as provided for
in the execution of the original agreement; or (2) within 60 days of the
date of its execution, or the last date of treatment by the health care
provider, whichever is later, as to an agreement in relation to health care
services not rendered during hospitalization. Provided, that no health
care arbitration agreement shall be valid after 2 years from
the date of
its execution. An employee of a hospital or health care provider who is
not a signatory to an agreement may cancel such agreement as to himself
until 30 days following his notification that he is a party to a dispute
or issue on which arbitration has been demanded pursuant to such agreement.
If any person executing a health care arbitration agreement dies before
the period of cancellation as outlined above, the personal representative
of the decedent shall have the right to cancel the health care arbitration
agreement within 60 days of the date of his appointment as the legal
of the decedent's estate. Provided, that if no legal representative is
appointed within 6 months of the death of said decedent the next of kin
of such decedent shall have the right to cancel the health care arbitration
agreement within 8 months from the date of death.
(d) Every health care arbitration agreement shall
contain immediately above the signature lines, in upper case type in printed
letters of at least 3/16 inch height, a caption and paragraphs as follows:
"AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE HEALTH CARE
NOTICE TO PATIENT
YOU CANNOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN THIS AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO
RECEIVE TREATMENT. BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, YOUR RIGHT TO TRIAL BY A JURY OR A JUDGE IN A COURT WILL BE BARRED AS TO ANY DISPUTE RELATING TO INJURIES THAT MAY RESULT FROM NEGLIGENCE DURING YOUR TREATMENT OR CARE, AND WILL BE REPLACED BY AN ARBITRATION PROCEDURE.
THIS AGREEMENT MAY BE CANCELLED WITHIN 60 DAYS OF SIGNING
OR 60 DAYS AFTER YOUR HOSPITAL DISCHARGE OR 60 DAYS AFTER YOUR LAST MEDICAL TREATMENT IN RELATION TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES NOT RENDERED DURING HOSPITALIZATION.
THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES THAT ANY CLAIMS WHICH MAY ARISE
OUT OF YOUR HEALTH CARE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO A PANEL OF ARBITRATORS, RATHER THAN TO A COURT FOR DETERMINATION. THIS AGREEMENT REQUIRES ALL PARTIES SIGNING IT TO ABIDE BY THE DECISION OF THE ARBITRATION PANEL."
(e) an executed copy of the AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE HEALTH CARE CLAIMS
and any reaffirmation of that agreement as required by this Act shall be
given to the patient during the time of the discharge planning process or
at the time of discharge.
(Source: P.A. 91-156, eff. 1-1-00.)