Health officials in South Carolina say it may be time to give up the “fool” attitude.
But they say patients should be wary.
The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that doctors in South Carolinas could begin reporting a patient’s history of a serious disease to their local hospitals.
It’s part of a larger effort by the state to improve communication with its patients and to make them feel like they’re in control of their health care.
Henry McMaster said the change will not affect patients who have cancer, but it will help keep doctors informed about what’s happening.
“This change has to be taken into account when making a decision about a patient,” McMaster said in a statement.
The Department of Public Health, which regulates health care facilities, said it will publish the guidelines in the state’s patient portal.
The department also is working with health officials to create an online tool for patients to see if they need additional training on how to report information.
It comes after a new study revealed that some people are more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic disease after their insurance provider sends them to a doctor for tests.
The study, published in the journal BMJ, found that the most common types of tests that people get after being diagnosed with cancer are for blood clots, which can lead to death, and for invasive cancer, which leads to death.
The new guidelines are the latest step in a long fight for control over how doctors treat patients and whether they should have to carry out invasive tests or treat them in a hospital.
The American Medical Association said in September that it was “concerned” about the need for more communication between doctors and patients and said that patients should not have to wait for the state of their insurance to provide them with care.
The guidelines have already been embraced by some physicians and patients, who say they feel safe asking their doctors about tests and how they can be monitored and treated.
The move to report a patient to a hospital is one of many steps the state is taking to improve patient-doctor communication.
In May, South Carolina became the first state in the nation to require that doctors have patient education programs and patient education materials.
South Carolina is also trying to change the way health care providers handle invasive tests, like a colonoscopy, which some doctors say could lead to unnecessary cancer deaths.
South Carolinas is one in a growing number of states that has enacted measures to curb invasive tests.
South Dakota is also looking at making invasive tests more common.