§ 5-54-1. Declaration of policy.
(a) The general assembly intends to establish by this chapter a framework for the development of a new category of health personnel to be known as the physician assistant.
(b) The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the more effective utilization of the skills of physicians by enabling them to delegate health care tasks including the writing of prescriptions and medical orders to qualified physician assistants where that delegation is consistent with the patient's health and welfare.
(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to repeal or supersede existing laws relating to other paramedical professions or services.
(P.L. 1976, ch. 274, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 94, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 72, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 358, § 1.)