Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 34, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, page 433, after line 6, by adding an appropriately numbered new proviso to read:
/34.___ (DHEC: Birthing Center Inspections) Birthing centers may register on-call agreements with the department containing provisions which provide that the physician is readily available, which means the physician must be in near proximity or is able to be contacted either in person or by telecommunications or other electronic means to provide consultation and advice to the birthing center at all times it is serving the public. The department may assess a $25.00 registration fee for agreements containing such a provision. An on-call agreement containing such a provision shall be interpreted by the department to meet the requirements for a physician to be on call and available to provide medical assistance at the birthing center, pursuant Section 44-89-60(3) of the South Carolina Code. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend sections, totals and title to conform.