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Code of Virginia
Title 8.01. Civil Remedies and Procedure
Chapter 3. Actions
8/20/2017

§ 8.01-220.2. Spousal liability for medical care.

Each spouse shall be jointly and severally liable for all emergency medical care furnished to the other spouse by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth or by a hospital located in the Commonwealth, including all follow-up inpatient care provided during the initial emergency admission to any such hospital, which is furnished while the spouses are living together. For the purposes of this section, emergency medical care shall mean any care the physician or other health care professional deems necessary to preserve the patient's life or health and which, if not rendered timely, can be reasonably anticipated to adversely affect the patient's recovery or imperil his life or health.

Any lien arising out of a judgment under this section against the judgment debtor's principal residence held as tenants by the entireties shall not be enforced unless the residence is refinanced or is transferred to a new owner.

1984, c. 482; 2009, c. 797; 2016, c. 240.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.