Filling the Coming Health Care GAP

Paraphrasing directly from Becker’s Hospital Review:

Complementary and alternative medicine providers, such as chiropractors, can fill a greater role in the national healthcare landscape, according to a report issued by the Primary Care Project of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

According to the report, even though large numbers of people actively use chiropractors as their first choice for primary care, workforce analyses have not included the potential contribution.

The authors of “Meeting the Nation’s Primary Care Needs: Current and Prospective Roles of Doctors of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Direct Entry Midwives” recommend policymakers learn about the “hidden dimension” of primary care and suggest doing so by:

•    Funding and engaging research on individuals who use alternative health providers as their first choice for primary care.
•    Examining the contributions alternative health providers make to patient satisfaction, quality of life and cost.

And, if they do, they will find that keeping people healthy is far more cost effective than waiting for them to break down before the intervention begins!

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…

According to the Center for American Progress report, ” by 2020 there will be a shortage of up to 200,000 physicians and 1 million nurses.  Rural Americans and those living in other underserved areas across the country are especially vulnerable to these current and growing health workforce shortages.”  While we will report more on this issue in the future, it should suffice to say that your best long term interests are served by making healthy lifestyle choices.