Supporters
2016 Legislative Update

The following organizations support Patient Choice/Initiated Measure 17:

  • South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants
  • South Dakota American Physical Therapy Association
  • South Dakota Dental Association
  • Independent Healthcare Associates
  • South Dakota Chiropractic Association
  • South Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association
  • South Dakota Optometric Society
  • South Dakota Orthopaedic Society
  • South Dakota State Medical Association

The South Dakota State Medical Association's position on IM 17:

POLICY STATEMENT
Background
The South Dakota health insurance market is unique, being largely dominated few payers and health care systems. Because of this unique market, physicians have little leverage when it comes to negotiating paneling and credentialing requirements.

As a professional organization of more than 2,000 physicians, residents and medical students who are all dedicated to protecting the health care interests of patients and enhancing the effectiveness of physicians throughout South Dakota, the SDSMA promotes laws and regulations that protect and enhance the patient-physician relationship and improve access and delivery of quality medical care.

SDSMA Position
The South Dakota State Medical Association strongly supports and endorses Initiated Measure 17, Patient Choice for South Dakota. One of the fundamental missions of the SDSMA is to protect and preserve the patient-physician relationship. The South Dakota Patient Choice ballot measure, if passed, will make it possible for patients to maintain an ongoing relationship with their physician, which is key to successful management of one’s health. Patients should have the right to make decisions regarding their health care and that means selecting a physician who understands and treats their specific health care needs. The SDSMA encourages South Dakotans to vote “yes” on Initiated Measure 17.”

The South Dakota Chiropractic Association's position on IM 17:
Initiated Measure 17 is an important step in preserving and improving patient choice and patient freedom in South Dakota. The South Dakota Chiropractors Association has always been an advocate of this issue and firmly endorses Initiated Measure 17. Patient choice is essential for the well being of one's own health care. This measure ensures the ability of the patient to seek the provider of their choice and to stay with a physician that has familiarity of the patient. The SDCA urges a "yes" vote on Initiated Measure 17.

The South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants position on IM17:
The South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants fully endorses Initiated Measure 17.  As PA's, we believe in patient-centered, team-based medical practice that improves access to care.  This measure will help insure that each patient will have that access to quality healthcare and sustain a preferred choice in the patient-provider relationship.  SDAPA supports a 'YES' vote for Initiated Measure 17.

The South Dakota American Physical Therapy Association's position on IM17:
Initiated Measure 17 will allow residents of South Dakota to choose the healthcare provider that they desire.   The South Dakota Physical Therapy Association stands as an advocate for patient’s needs and rights.   We believe that Initiated Measure 17 will enhance a patient’s access to healthcare and encourage their ownership of health decisions.  A patient’s ability to choose a provider is critical to ensuring continuity in care and success in treatment.  The SDAPTA encourages South Dakotans to vote for Initiated Measure 17.