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Health Law: North Carolina Health Law Primary Sources

This guide will assist researchers with locating primary and secondary health law resources.

North Carolina Statutes in Print

There are two print versions of North Carolina statutes, both of which are annotated.  Suggested chapters of the NC statutes relevant to health care researchers include:

1.  Chapter 122C - Mental Health

2.  Chapter 130A - Public Health

3.  Chapter 131A - Health Facilities Finance

North Carolina Statutes (Electronic Sources)

When using an electronic source for statutory research, make sure the site is trustworthy and up-to-date. 

North Carolina Case Law

After determining what statutes/administrative regulations are relevant to your research, it is often a good idea to locate cases which have explained and interpreted the law.  Cases are published in books called "reporters" in chronological order.  West publishes a series known as "digests" which provide one paragraph summaries of cases, arranged alphabetically by subject.  If you don't have a citation to a case, it is usually a good idea to start case law research by first checking the appropriate digest for the subject you are looking for.  Suggested digest searches include:

1.  Health

2.  Hospital

3.  Insurance

North Carolina Administrative Regulations in Print

North Carolina Administrative Regulations (Electronic Sources)

All of North Carolina's state administrative agencies have their own website.  Examples include:

1.  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

2.  North Carolina Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities

3.  North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation


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