Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 3, 2015
Sen. Rob Standridge
passes bill to protect patient-doctor relationships
The House is the next stop for a measure approved
Monday by the Senate to protect patient-doctor relationships and
make health services more affordable in the state. Sen. Rob
Standridge is the author of Senate Bill 560, which will keep
direct care arrangements from being subject to state insurance regulation.
“Through either court action or some arbitrary action in some
states, it has been misconstrued that a membership fee with a medical
provider or a fee for a set procedure is insurance,” said
Standridge, R-Norman. “This misunderstanding has driven up
the cost of health care services. It has also violated the rights
of patients and medical professionals to deal with one another in
the same manner as any other consumer type relationship.”
The bill clarifies that payment arrangements between a medical profession
and patient for services are not insurance and are not subject to
regulation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID). It also clarifies
that direct primary care membership agreements between a doctor
and patient are not insurance or discount medical plans and are
not subject to regulation by the OID.
Several other states, including Louisiana and Michigan, are enacting
similar legislation to protect patient-doctor relationships and
keep healthcare costs down in their states.
SB 560 has the support of the Free Market Medical Association, the
Oklahoma State Medical Association and consumer advocacy organizations.
The measure now moves to the House for further consideration.
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