Advancing Naturopathic Medicine for Wisconsin
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WNDA is a professional association of Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) . Our members are graduates of accredited four-year, graduate-level, in-residence naturopathic medical programs, accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The WNDA is dedicated to promoting public safety and professional accountability along with helping to increase naturopathic medicine access for Wisconsin residents.
Benefits of Naturopathic Licensing include:
Mitigate Primary Care Shortage: Naturopathic physicians can help ease a stressed and overburdened medical system by filling the much-needed role for primary care medicine in the state of Wisconsin. In Washington state, where NDs can serve as primary care providers, 67.7% of patients who received naturopathic care did not receive concurrent care from an MD/DO (Cherkin et al., 2002). Furthermore, it is estimated that 50% of NDs see patients from medically underserved populations (AANP, 2014).
Reduced Costs: Diet and lifestyle interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes were more cost effective (and clinically effective) than early drug therapy in high-risk patients (Herman et al., 2005). The Vermont Auto Dealers Association use of naturopathic care for employees saved $2.10 in medical costs for every dollar spent, and $8.20 in total costs per employee for every dollar spent (Noe, 2005).
Increased Safety: Licensure will help protect the public from misinformation about complementary and alternative therapies that is ubiquitous on the Internet, in the media, in health food stores, and from practitioners who use the title ND but do not meet the educational standards to be called a Naturopathic Doctor. Licensure will also increase availability of integrative partnerships between conventional medical providers and naturopathic doctors, improving patient care. Lastly, licensure of Naturopathc Doctors would make it feasible for NDs to attain malpractice insurance.
Increased Access: Local communities will enjoy an increase in safe and natural healthcare options and highly individualized medical care. Patients would not have to travel outside Wisconsin to see licensed naturopathic doctors. Licensure would also make it more feasible for patients to get insurance coverage for naturopathic medical care.
Improved Outcomes: Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated how naturopathic care produces health improvement and risk factor reduction for conditions like cardiovascular disease (Seely et al., 2013), diabetes (Bradley et al., 2012), menopause (Cramer et al., 2003), low back pain (Szczurko et al., 2007), and anxiety (Cooley et al., 2009).
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