Washington Integrative Medicine Association
Washington Integrative Medicine Association

Washington Integrative Medicine Association

It is All About the MONEY

The real reason big Pharma and the Federation of State Medical Boards are attacking integrative providers — $$$$  13.7 billion dollars.

Integrative medicine just won’t go away.  Major medical schools like Duke and Harvard now have integrative medicine fellowships.  When will medical boards finally see the writing on the wall?   Even the Catholic church had to finally admit Copernicus and Galileo were right.   The old style of medicine of doesn’t fix anything. Allopathic medicine is mostly about controlling the symptoms of disease with drugs, not about treating the cause. It is a fabulous model for Big Pharma, the patient never gets better and has to take medicine to feel well.

FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDS OF THE UNITED STATES,  INC.

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE FRAUD

SECTION VIII: CONCLUSION
It has been estimated that up to $100 billion is lost to health care fraud in the United States annually (Stern, 1994). Medical interventions that do not conform to prevailing scientific standards are becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that, in 1990, Americans made 425 million visits to providers of “unconventional” medicine, exceeding the number of visits to all US primary care physicians, at a cost of approximately $13.7 billion (Eisenberg et al. 1993). It may be recognized that some alternative therapies may be beneficial and therefore warrant further investigation and possible integration into mainstream medical practice. However, because of the lack of reliable scientific evidence and clinical validation, safety has not been established for most of these modalities. Questionable healthcare practices can pose significant risks to the public safety, either by causing direct patient harm or indirectly, by being needlessly expensive, delaying a more effective treatment or from being administered in an incompetent manner. This proliferation of questionable health care practices and promotions will continue if left unchecked and unregulated. State medical boards are charged with protecting the public from the unprofessional, improper, incompetent unlawful fraudulent and the deceptive practice of medicine (Essentials, Section 1) and, therefore, state medical boards must assure that physicians practice responsible medicine.

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