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In Indiana, a hospital may be held liable for the acts of its independently contracted physicians under certain circumstances. It depends upon the reasonableness of the patient`s belief that care was being provided by hospital employees. In general, a hospital will be deemed the provider of care unless it gives notice that the physician is an independent contractor or the patient had knowledge of the physician`s independence. Indiana provides sovereign immunity in many cases to governmental entities and their employees acting within the scope of their employees. This applies to city or county hospitals, state colleges and universities.
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