“April 16, 2012 – Today, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) released to the public its report to Governor Snyder containing 63 recommendations for improving Michigan’s occupational licensing regulations while continuing to protect Michigan’s citizens.” This is the opening statement from the Office of Regulatory Reinvention on the Michigan.gov website.
It went on to state, “The ORR recommends the complete deregulation of 18 occupations, representing 17.3 percent of occupations regulated by the State of Michigan.” Among those deregulated is “Respiratory Care.” Certainly the state must be applauded in this effort to deregulate and streamline bureaucracy in an attempt to save taxpayer dollars. But to place respiratory therapy on par with “Auctioneers,” “Foresters” and “Security Alarm Contractors” is misguided. Michigan may have made improvements to its occupational licensing regulations. However, deregulating an industry so vital to the health and wellbeing of its people is not a protection of the state’s citizenry!
Respiratory therapists are on the front line of saving lives every day. No breath, no life. I personally would want to know that the person operating my ventilator was not only credentialed but also regulated to the hilt! I only hope the people of the great state of Michigan realize what’s at stake and take action!