Persistent limited beliefs of integrative medicine along with complacency are part of the biggest barriers to making integrative medicine standard in healthcare. Every discipline or provider in health care, both conventional and alternative medicine practitioners, are guilty of this. Education and dissemination of information is the most powerful tool.
The resistance shown by the insurance industry to provide benefits favorable to integrative medicine is the greatest healthcare barrier to standardizing all forms of healing modalities. The cost of insurance premiums combined with high deductibles has created a financial roadblock for many patients wishing to include doctors and other practitioners who utilize therapies not covered under their insurance plan.
What is Patient Advocacy? Patient advocacy is defined as an area of specialty in health care that gives a voice to patients, their families, and their caregivers. This role can include informing the public of education surrounding a specific area/topic of care, working/participating in the political and regulatory realm, and working with organizations of health-care professionals, […]