Health care consumers can compare prices and find data on various providers on the South Dakota Hospital PricePoint System. Users can look up providers by county or city and then find average costs for a variety of health care services ranging from childbirth to heart conditions and transplants. The data covers hospital charges only and does not include physician bills, for example. Users can view information on the total number of discharges (patients), the average length of stay, the average charge, the median age of the patient and percentage of patients who were male or female. Charts also allow the user to compare the cost of local hospital charges to statewide averages.
South Dakota's three major healthcare systems received good grades from a hospital survey called Hospital Compare, a rating system managed by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospital Compare uses information submitted voluntarily to produce the ratings. The agency looks at mortality, readmission rates and patient satisfaction. See our health and healthcare page for more data on South Dakota and the Black Hills region. For more on health care generally, click here.
The percentage of the population under 65 years old with health insurance varies by county in the Black Hills region and western South Dakota. Butte County has the highest rate of uninsured (18.1 percent). Meade County, with the highest rate of government employees, also has the lowest rate of uninsured (14.7 percent). The U.S. Census provides an interactive map of health insurance coverage by county across the United States. Also, the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010.
On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.
- With the new health insurance markets starting in the fall of 2013, the cost for insurance will most likely change. These markets are called Exchanges and enrollment is to start October 1, 2013. The Associated Press provides further information about these exchanges. To have a better understanding about how premiums and government assistance will be affected look at the Health Reform Subsidy Calculator.
Health Care Providers In Our Region
Regional Health is the largest health system in the Black Hills, with sixteen facilities in communities in western South Dakota and more than 4,000 employees and professionals in its network. In 2009, provider Regional Health was actively engaged in 208 research studies designed to improve patients’ lives and increase medical knowledge. To read Regional Health's 2009 Community Report click here. In 2009, the system’s total payroll exceeded $235 million.
Rapid City Regional Hospital
- 353 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701
Cancer Care Institue: The John T. Vucurevich Cance Care Institute is located next to Rapid City Regional Hospital and provides inpatient and outpatient oncology services, supportive laboratory and imaging services, as well as services for related clinical research trials. It serves patients from all over Western South Dakota.
- 2201 Jackson Blvd # 102, Rapid City or call (605) 348-4645
- Urgent Care, 2820 Mount Rushmore Rd, Rapid City - (605) 388-5590
- Rapid Care Medical & Occupational Health Center, 408 Knollwood Dr, Rapid City - (605) 341-6600
Provides health care services to people of all ages. Sliding fee payment scales are available for the underinsured or uninsured. The clinics are located at:
- Community Health Center, 504 E. Monroe Street (605) 394-6666
- Oral Health Center, 685 N. LaCrosse Street 605-721-8919
Pediatric Center, 640 Flormann Street, 2nd Floor
- General Beadle School Based Center, 10 Van Buren Street (605) 721-8985
The Veterans Administration Black Hills Health Care System provides support services to the Black Hills National Cemetery, the Veterans Outreach Centers in Rapid City and Martin and serves as the primary health care provider for the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. Services are also provided through Ellsworth Air Force Base, the South Dakota National Guard and many other community partners. Read the Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System 2010 Annual Report.
Doctorfinder This site will provide lists of doctors by area of practice and geography. It is sponsored by the American Medical Association and the results lists of physicians are separated by AMA members and non-members. More detailed information about the physician is available for the AMA members.
South Dakota Department of Health
Address: 909 E. St. Patrick Street St. 7
Services: community education, school screening, WIC, immunization, nutrition services. Sliding scale fees
Phone: 1-800-305-3064 Services: financial assistance for children with chronic conditions.
Sioux San Indian Health Services
Address: 3200 Canyone Lake Drive
Services: General medical, emergency medical, Diabetes clinic, Optometry
Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc.
Address: Our Savior's Lutheran Church 1020 State Street Spearfish, SD 57701
Services: Free walk-in medical clinic. Must be uninsured and live in Northern Hills.
Counseling and Mental Health
Catholic Social Services
Address: 918 5th St., Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-348-6086, 800-727-2401
Services: counseling, adoption, youth prevention services
Front Porch Coalition
Address: 401 3rd Street, Ste #4 Rapid City, SD 57701
Services: suicide prevention, survivors of suicide support
Lutheran Social Services
Address: 2920 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605-348-0477, 800-260-1439
Services: Counseling for individuals and families
Rapid City Veterans Center
Address: 610 Kansas City Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Services: Counseling for any war theatre vets.
Address: 777 Deadwood Ave. Rapid City, SD 57702
Services: National resource center for domestic violence, domestic violence training for law enforcement, shelters and institutions.
NLM/NIH Directory Links to directories for finding physicians, dentists, hospitals, clinics, specialists and other health related organizations locally and nationwide.
South Dakota Department of Social Services Behavior Health Services
Telephone: (605) 773-3165
Services : Provides information about mental health services for South Dakota residents.
SD Department of Social Services Medical Assistance
Services: Provides information about medical assistance programs available for South Dakota residents.
Senior Health and Wellness: My Senior Solution provides information to assist families in making informed decisions regarding care of elderly family members in the Black Hills area.
Vaccines for Children Find healthcare providers throught the state who will provide childhood vaccines. Listings for all counties in the state are available.
South Dakota Providers: The Department of Health has listings for a variety of health care and treatment options in South Dakota. Among these are Critical Access Hospital, Specialized Hospital, and Hospital. In addition to these listings are listings for other providers such as nursing facilities, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, rural health clinics, adult foster care and numerous others.