THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the definition of the practice of medicine was last amended in 2008 by including a distinct definition of osteopathic medicine. The legislature further finds that medical doctors and osteopathic doctors are both physicians of equivalent education and training and should be regulated as such.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to establish a definition of the practice of medicine that provides uniformity of practice for both medical and osteopathic physicians.
SECTION 2. Section 453-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§453-1 Practice of medicine
defined. For the purposes of this
chapter, the practice of medicine by a physician or an osteopathic
physician includes the use of drugs and medicines[
,]; surgery; manual
medicine; water[ ,]; electricity[ ,]; hypnotism[ ,];
telehealth; the interpretation of tests, including primary diagnosis of pathology
specimens, medical imaging, or any physical; osteopathic medicine[ , or];
any means, [ or] method, or [ any] agent, either tangible or
intangible, [ for the treatment of] to diagnose, treat, prescribe for,
palliate, or correct disease, or prevent any human disease, condition,
ailment, pain, injury, deformity, illness, infirmity, defect, physical or
mental condition in the human subject[ ; provided that when a duly
licensed physician or osteopathic physician pronounces a person affected with
any disease hopeless and beyond recovery and gives a written certificate to
that effect to the person affected or the person's attendant nothing herein
shall forbid any person from giving or furnishing any remedial agent or measure
when so requested by or on behalf of the affected person].
This section shall not amend or repeal the law respecting the treatment of those affected with Hansen's disease.
For purposes of this chapter,
"osteopathic medicine" means the utilization of full methods of
diagnosis and treatment in physical and mental health and disease, including
the prescribing and administration of drugs and biologicals of all kinds,
operative surgery, obstetrics, radiological, and other electromagnetic
emissions, and placing special emphasis on the interrelation of the
neuro-musculoskeletal system to all other body systems, and the amelioration of
disturbed structure-function relationships by the clinical application of the
osteopathic diagnosis and therapeutic skills for the maintenance of health and treatment
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Practice of Medicine; Medical Physicians; Osteopathic Physicians
Clarifies the definition of the practice of medicine to provide uniformity of practice for both medical physicians and osteopathic physicians. (SD1)
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