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SECTION 207
Hospitalization of members of fire departments in certain cities
General Municipal (GMU) CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 10
§ 207. Hospitalization of members of fire departments in certain
cities. Paid members of the fire department of any city of this state
having a population of one million or more who shall be injured while
actually employed in the discharge of duty or who, as a result of
illness traceable directly to the performance of duty, shall, when
certified by the fire chief or commissioner, be received by any public,
private or semi-private hospital for care and treatment in semi-private
patient facilities or accommodations. The bill for such semi-private
patient facilities or accommodations, including charges, at the
prevailing semi-private patient rates, for necessary nursing, laboratory
tests, X-ray examinations and physical therapy, when certified by the
superintendent or other person in charge of such hospital and approved
by the fire chief or commissioner, be paid by the city in which such
fire department is located.

Nothing in this section shall be construed as excluding an injured
member from being received in a ward accommodation in an emergency, if
semi-private accommodations are not available at a hospital.

Notwithstanding any provision of law contrary thereto contained herein
or elsewhere, a cause of action shall accrue to the city for
reimbursement in such sum or sums actually paid for medical or hospital
treatment, as against any third party against whom a member of the fire
department shall have a cause of action for the injuries sustained.

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a provider of
medical treatment or hospital care furnished pursuant to the provisions
of this section shall not collect or attempt to collect reimbursement
for such treatment or care from any such member of the fire department
of any such city.