STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1041
RE: S.B. No. 324
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness, to which was referred S.B. No. 324, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to amend the definition of the practice of medicine to provide uniformity of practice for medical and osteopathic physicians.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Regulated Industries Complaints Office of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaii Medical Board, and Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i.
Your Committee finds that medical doctors and osteopathic doctors receive the same education and training and should thus be treated equally. This measure updates the definition of the practice of medicine because the practice of medicine includes not only the treatment of disease, as the existing definition provides, but also encompasses the prevention of disease.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2060, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 324, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 324, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness,
RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair