Scope of Practice Issues
A number of non-physicians will be attempting to pass legislation to increase their scope of practice into the realm of the practice of medicine without the requisite training and clinical experience.
The SCMA's Position:
The SCMA supports an approach to health care that encourages better teamwork, less fragmentation, and higher quality, all of which hinge on continuing the proven practice of physician-led delivery of care. Further, the SCMA believes that the only proper way to provide care is through proper education and training, rather than through legislation. The SCMA remains committed to protecting the patients of South Carolina from those who seek clinical privileges through legislation instead of education.
Why This Matters To Physicians:
Due to having the highest level of education and medical training, physicians have always been regarded as the leader of the medical team in South Carolina. However, with this leadership also comes the responsibility of patient safety. Due to their level of training and education, a physician's skill for providing the appropriate care while ensuring patient safety is unmatched when compared to other providers.
Why This Matters To Patients:
Patients expect and deserve the quality of care that can only be found in the physician-led care team. Patient safety is key, and having the trust of a physician who can provide the appropriate level of care while ensuring patient safety, is what ultimately provides patients with the best quality of care.