(a)The Secretary may enter into contracts with institutions and persons described in subsection (b) to provide scarce medical specialist services at Department facilities. Such services may include the services of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries, technicians, and other medical support personnel.
(b)Institutions and persons with whom the Secretary may enter into contracts under subsection (a) are the following:
(1)Schools and colleges of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, and nursing.
(3)Any other group or individual capable of furnishing such scarce medical specialist services.
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section
4117 of this title prior to the repeal of that section as part of the complete revision of chapter
73 of this title by Pub. L. 102–40.
2003—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–170inserted “chiropractors,” after “optometrists,” in second sentence.
Effective Date of 2003 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 108–170effective at end of 180-day period beginning on Dec. 6, 2003, see section 302(h) ofPub. L. 108–170, set out as a note under section
7316 of this title.
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