Matthew Holt

Senate Healthcare Bill Amendment Allocates Your Tax Dollars To Quacks

With healthcare costs spiraling out of control, and major rationing efforts under consideration – can we really afford to allow purveyors of pseudoscience to use up scarce Medicare/Medicaid resources? It’s hard to imagine that Obama’s administration would approve of extending “health professional” status to people with an online degree and a belief in magic – but a new amendment would allow just that. What happened to our “restoring science to its rightful place” and why are we emphasizing comparative effectiveness research if we will use tax dollars to pay for things that are known to be ineffective?I hope someone reads and removes this amendment pronto (h/t to David Gorski at Science Based Medicine):Here’s the language that Sen. Harkin has slipped into the 615 page Senate version of the health care reform bill:

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.—The term “health professionals” includes—(A) dentists, dental hygienists, primary 25 care providers, specialty physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and other behavioral and mental health professionals, social workers, physical therapists, public health professionals, clinical pharmacists, allied health professionals, chiropractors, community health workers, school nurses, certified nurse midwives, podiatrists, licensed complementary and alternative medicine providers, and integrative health practitioners;

Background Reading:What Do Chiropractors Believe?Acupuncture Doesn’t WorkShould Naturopaths Be Allowed To Prescribe Medication?Homeopathy ER

This post was originally published on the Better Health blog.

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Tho I don’t agree with the process utilized in securing this particular wide-sweeping healthcare reform bill, I disagree it isn’t about bringing down costs in it’s approach. Let’s consider, alternative healthcare practitioners do not utilize pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures (a MAJOR expense in healthcare). Additionally, these services promote prevention, which ultimately will lower costs dramatically. I canot agree with the author of this article, and it appears to me that he is critcal of lower costing alternatives, that promote prevention, while tauting traditional medicine which has brought the price of healthcare to the stratosphere for expenditures…?

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It is truly a shame to see uneducated people argue against ones profession. I am a recent graduate from chiropractic school and I have already blessed the minds of over a dozen medical practitioners on how to co-manage a patient with the proper diet, exercise, spinal manipulations and MEDICATION, yes medication is very effective when used properly, all with the work of myself (the chiropractor), and the medical doctor. Communication is the key, not ignorance. We are here for the patient, not to call out each others professions. It too bad some people did not learn that in their ethics… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

The bill will be the end of us, the attacks on all these professions is no different than voting for a bill you didn’t read. If you have not researched what it takes to obtain a degree in any field, don’t comment on it. That’s the problem with blogs, any moron can log on and talk. The crying is over now we have to sort through this junk together and get some of this stuff rewritten.

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ProudChiro

Calling Chiropractors “Quaks” is such an out dated term. Majority of Chiropractic Universities have changed there basic science courses to compare, if not surpass Allopathic Universities. A chiropractic student is now given the same info that a medical student is receiving in the first 3 yrs of medical school. A chiropractor is more than a back doctor and are currently being trained in Primary Care. No, We can’t prescribe medicine or perform surgery, but with preventative health care, the public will need less of that. Chiropractic can’t treat everything and we understand that and we are trained to properly refer.… Read more »

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Concerned

Its funny how you single out chiropractors and alternative medicine providers from the list and say that they drive up costs and are a waste of tax payers dollars; yet you say nothing of the costs of medical doctors. Chiropractic is less expensive than visits to your medical doctor, decreases the number of back surgeries performed, and lowers the number of visits to hospitals. If you did any research at all you would have come across this while reading. My chiropractor has a degree in Biology, Anatomy, and Health and Wellness as well as his doctorate in Chiropractic and you… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Dr.Val, did you know that more people see alternative health providers than allopathic medical providers. Hmmmmm.
Take a look in the mirror and at your profession, that is why we have a financial health care crisis.

Twila
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Twila

Like what kind of political party, one that thinks we should let more live off the system, one that gives government more control or maybe one that can see just what infinity is in $$$$. Who are you kidding? Hello??? Who was in charge of monitoring the Banks and Lending in this country and we should trust them with healthcare? No they are like the car manufacturers, just have a hard time getting it right!

AR Humble
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AR Humble

Shame on Republicans for continued scare tactics – now back to abortion. SHAME SHAME SHAME
Stand up and care about all Americans. Republicans need to be voted out and a new party needs to rise in their place.

manfred
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manfred

Val is the quack. No idea what a chiropractor is.

Kathryn Arnold
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Kathryn Arnold

If this bill passes, I plan to wear a black arm band as a sign of mourning over how much Americans will loose with this bill.

Chip
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Chip

whomever wrote this blog has no understanding of what type of schooling is involved in Chiropractic. It’s people like this who really should not be allowed to speak.

chris
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As long as we continue to provide “sick care” and not “health care” it will never work. Prevention of disease is better than treating it. But no one makes money keeping people healthy!!!!

Pop
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Pop

Come on School nurses? Chiropractors? Social workers? Let’s get real. The dems are desperate for power and will force this down the throats of the american people who have clearly already indicated that they do not want it. If this passes I will never vote for another Dem again. They pose this as if we have to do this now, this month. We have not had govt healthcare reform ever but all of a sudden it has to be done this month? 1/6th of the nations economy to be federalized at a huge cost and yet we have to hurry… Read more »

Elliot
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Elliot

I was born here, but my family is entirely English. My family has grown up around socialized medical care. They will tell you that any country that has run healthcare like Obama wants has never been able to make it work. There will be lines of people wanting their children to be cured of the Cold while you sit and wait with a more serious issue. Not only that, it will cost more for everyone in the US. I would like to know why people think it will be cheaper? I hope I never get cancer in this country if… Read more »

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Ben Smits

I am an outsider living in Europe. The short version of my opinion on the republican stance with regard to the healthcare bill that Obama is trying to pass is: Politics first and F…. the poor and needy!