Primary care physicians are considered the front-line of health care, particularly for chronic and preventive care. A new report published today reveals that there is a huge shortage of primary care MD’s. HOWEVER, the number of licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMDs or NDs) is on the rise, and are the ideal candidates to take the lead in preventing this health care “crisis.”
Naturopathic Medical Doctors, who graduate from CNME approved medical schools , pass national medical board examinations, and are licensed to practice medicine, are highly skilled and trained as specialists in the cost-effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease. These primary care doctors employ advanced testing methods that pinpoint individual nutrition and lifestyle needs that will reverse most chronic illness, and in particular diabetes, obesity and heart disease and will prevent them from ever occurring.
After serving as President of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and as the Medical Director at LTP Natural Medical Center I can tell you from experience that Naturopathic Medicine holds phenomenal promise for filling this health care gap, while saving our country billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.
Colorado Springs Gazette (CO) — Shortfall in primary care physicians likely to get worse— By Brian Newsome — (Sunday, June 15, 2008) —
Health insurance and rising medical costs are stars of the political stage this election season, yet a potentially larger crisis looms: a shortage of primary care physicians.
Some doctors use terms such as “collapse” and “disaster” in talking about the state of primary care during the next decade. They say the issue will likely force lawmakers to radically rethink how health care dollars are spent.
Primary care doctors – generally pediatricians, internal medicine doctors and the traditional family physician – are considered the front line of health care, especially for chronic diseases and preventive care. A shortage could translate into costlier and less-efficient health care.