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Dr. Sara Gottfried: Access to health care is a fundamental right

One of the greatest flaws of our current medical crisis is that we don’t help people stay on the path of greater health; preventative care is not given the attention it deserves. This is also why I believe in universal health care, which means I favor a single-payer, government-run system. I believe access to health care is a fundamental right regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay, and increasingly, a majority of Americans agree.

Dr. Bret Scher: Let’s define proven benefits

When it comes to integrative care, a pressing issue before us is how we define “proven benefits.” There are ways of caring for people that have been proven to be beneficial. But the definition of “beneficial” may be narrow and may not apply to everyone. Just because something hasn’t been extensively studied (i.e. for lack of big-budget funding support) that does not mean it doesn’t work.

Dr. Ya-Ling J. Liou: The limited beliefs of integrative medicine also limit its progress

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.

Dr. Cheryl Hamilton: Overcoming healthcare barriers must be addressed at the legislative level

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?

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, […]