Naturopathic Doctors - A Natural Solution to National Healthcare Problems
- A majority of older Americans (65+) say they would prefer if their doctor began their care using natural therapies rather than immediately beginning with prescription drugs or invasive procedures.
- Licensed naturopathic doctors are poised to alleviate the shortage of primary care providers in the United States. NDs collaborate with all branches of conventional medicine, referring patients as needed for diagnosis and treatment.
- According to the National Institutes of Health, about four in 10 adults and one in nine children in the U.S. are already using some form of alternative medicine.
- 17 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands currently license naturopathic doctors. Only licensure can guarantee the training and safety to which patients are entitled.
- Naturopathic medicine treats the whole person with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. NDs favor the least invasive approach first, and rely on methods and substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
A Cost-Effective Solution - Access to Naturopathic Medicine saves $1.5 Million in Health Care Costs
In a program conducted by Green Mountain Wellness Solutions for the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association in 2005-2006, 848 employees were examined and advised by naturopathic physicians for one year. For those employees who participated:
- incidence of high blood pressure dropped 36%
- incidence of diabetes dropped 13%
- risk for cardiovascular disease dropped 35%
- obesity fell by 15%
- physical inactivity fell 21%
- high cholesterol fell 17%
- smoking fell by 17%
- high risk stress fell 24%
For those employees who also participated in a supplementary pedometer program:
- high blood pressure dropped by 47%
- diabetes fell by 20%
- risks for cardiovascular disease fell 43%
These figures do not only describe an improvement in the health of the employees. Since many of these conditions can be quite costly to treat through conventional care, the data also show a great reduction in the cost of healthcare for the employer. By using complimentary and alternative medical care the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association saved:
- $315,000 in direct health care costs
- $1,145,000 in indirect health care costs (absenteeism, low-productivity, etc.)
- Almost $1,500,000 in total health care costs
The use of regulated naturopathic medical care is physically and economically beneficial to employers and employees alike. The care that naturopathic physicians provide is often less dangerous and uncomfortable then some more conventional medical treatments. Naturopathic care can also be less expensive than conventional medicine, making health care more available to those who otherwise could not afford it. Licensure minimizes the potential for malpractice of naturopathic medicine and maximizes the medical options available to residents of licensed states.
For more information follow the link below:http://www.naturopathic.org/didyouknow and http://www.panp.org/Savings