How Can We Make American Healthcare Work Better for the Disabled Population?

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Kate Harveston

Kate Harveston is originally from Williamsport, PA and holds a bachelor's degree in English. She enjoys writing about health and social justice issues. When she isn't writing, she can usually be found curled up reading dystopian fiction or hiking and searching for inspiration. If you like her writing, follow her blog, So Well, So Woman.

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  1. Avatar Murali says:

    For example, health insurance companies can expand access to alternative therapies such as massage therapy, water therapy and chiropractic care. Research suggests providing alternative therapies may work as effectively or even more effectively than the traditional pill-only treatment protocols we mostly rely on now.

    A few points.
    1. standard evidence based medicine is not just a matter of popping pills. Especially for chronic and acute injuries to skeletal, muscular or nervous systems, physio therapy is a key part of recovering function and alleviating pain. Of course regular exercise is good for you and also helps keep other conditions like heart disease and diabetes in check. And if you have joint problems its common sense to look for exercises that might be done in the water. Doctors do recommend regular exercise and controlling one’s diet in order to keep a whole bunch of diseases in check and avoid or at least significantly reduce the number of pills one has to take.

    2. Physiotherapy is an actual part of evidence based medicine. Chiropractics is pseudo-scientific bunk. Chiropractics should be classified in the same bin as homeopathy and acupuncture: complete and utter bullshit. Public monies should not be spent on this stuff. It is a good thing that insurance doesn’t cover this stuff. People are of course free to waste their money on whatever bullshit alternative medicines they may care to consume, but the state has no business funding such with tax dollars or requiring insurance companies to cover these as well. Doing that will just drive premiums up. Consider that if they were more cost effective than standard evidence based medicine, insurance companies would want to cover them instead.Report

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