Freedom of Choice
If health care is to be seen as a right, then people have a right to choose the type of health care that suits their personal needs and desires, not just the type of heath care choice that is permitted under a government sponsored monopoly.
One’s right to the freedoms of speech and religion are not limited to government approved speech and religions, so why should freedom of health care be limited by a government mandate to only support the monopolistic Medical, Hospital, Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex?
Our current insurance system has granted a near monopoly to providers who offer “relief of symptoms” and prolonged “disease management” that costs dramatically more than other, less expensive healing methods that identify, address and remove the causes of disease.
Freedom of choice is an important aspect of health care that can dramatically improve the likelihood of positive health outcomes that are lacking in our current system in which disease care enjoys an unfair monopoly.
Informed consent requires that a patient truly be informed. Every person should have the opportunity to seek a second, third and fourth opinion regarding the TYPE of care that they might choose to pursue. At least one yearly hour-long consultation with each of the following natural health practitioners should be added to and included in the Medicare For All Act of 2019:
- Naturopathic Doctors
- Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors
- Ayurvedic Doctors
- Certified Nutritionists
Additional natural health products and services should also be included in the basic coverage offered to all people AS A RIGHT. Natural healing methods are safe and COST EFFECTIVE. Incorporating natural options into our health care system can actually save money, but more importantly these options can improve health.
QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:
1. The American Medical Association’s monopoly and lobbying power effectively squeezes out these affordable natural health options. Why doesn’t M4A include the relatively INEXPENSIVE options of naturopathic care, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutritional and dietary counseling and other health enhancing methods?
H.R. 1384 barely mentions natural, complementary and alternative medicine on pages 12 and 13 of the bill. This is absolutely inadequate: