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May 19, 2005
Introduced by Reps. Whipper, Martin, J.H. Neal, Govan, Anderson, Bales, Barfield, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, Clyburn, Davenport, Hardwick, M. Hines, Jefferson, Lee, Mack, Moody-Lawrence, Rutherford and Weeks
S. Printed 5/19/05--H.
Read the first time February 24, 2005.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
Department of Mental Health
The department reports this bill will have no impact on the General Fund of the State, or on federal and/or other funds.
Department of Health and Human Services
The department would have paid for the medication through the community pharmacy regardless; therefore, the only impact may be an additional dispensing fee for those pharmacies that qualify. The impact is expected to be minimal and could be absorbed by the agency.
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
MUSC indicates that this bill could have a potential fiscal impact of $550,000 annually on other funds. This estimate is based on the number of emergency room visits last year (55,000) times the average cost for a 24 hour supply of the more commonly prescribed medications ($10). This estimate also assumes that all patients would select this option.
Budget and Control Board
A review of this bill by the board staff indicates there will be no impact on the state health plan, therefore, there will be no impact on the General Fund of the State or on federal and/or other funds.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT IMPACT:
Pursuant to Section 2-7-76 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, the Office of State Budget has surveyed members of the FIST Network. The responses will be forwarded upon receipt.
Office of State Budget
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-7-25 SO AS TO REQUIRE A HOSPITAL TO GIVE PATIENTS BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOM, THE OPTION OF RECEIVING AT LEAST A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR SUPPLY OF ANY MEDICATIONS BEING PRESCRIBED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 1, Chapter 7, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 44-7-25. Upon discharge from a hospital emergency room, the hospital in addition to providing a patient with a written prescription for any needed medication, shall give the patient the option of also receiving at least a twenty-four hour supply of the medication."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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