Naturopathy: Medicare Testimony (1970)

November 1, 2019

Dear Mr. Vail:

At the request of Mr. Charles Orlando Pratt, Washington General Counsel for the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the following brief, respecting naturopathic medicine is being submitted to the Senate Finance Committee for study during the forthcoming hearings on H.R. 17550.

The brief was prepared by the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians at the request of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1968, for use in its study to determine the feasibility of including the services of licensed practitioners performing health services in Independent practice (Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act).

At the present time the licensed professions of chiropractic and naturopathy are not included within the framework of the Social Security Act. Consequently, the elderly citizens of the United States who desire health-care service other than that offered by orthodox medicine are denied such service unless they pay for the privilege out of meager pension funds or personal savings.

According to reliable reports by various agencies, there is a tangible lack of licensed health-care practitioners to adequately care for the health needs of our ever increasing community of elderly people.

The National Association of Naturopathic Physicians feels that the inclusion of ALL licensed practitioners in the Supplementary Medical Insurance program would be of considerable help in closing the gap that now exists in health-care delivery because of the evident lack of trained personnel.

The inclusion of ALL licensed purveyors of health-care service in the Social Security Act should not entail any increase in cost to the program since they offer alternative service rather than additional service.

The NANP is appreciative of this opportunity to present our case to the committee.



National Association of Naturopathic Physicians — Outline for Study of Services of Practitioners Performing Health Services in Independent Practice

I. Organization: National Association of Naturopathic Physicians

A. Structure
B. Activities
C. Association relationship with other health practitioners
D. Code of ethics

II. The Discipline

    A. Definition
    B. The scientific basis of naturopathy
    C. The practice of naturopathy
    D. Contributions of naturopathy to the health field

III. Practitioner

    A. Total manpower
    B. Association members
    C. Usual location of practice or activity
    D. Types of practitioners: general and specialities
    E. Relationships to other health care practitioners
    F. Major problems presented by patients to practitioner
    G. Activities other than direct patient care
    H. Relationship with third-party payers

IV. Education

A. Accreditation procedure for schools of training programs
B. Trends in education
C. Enrollment by classes since 1960
D. Recruitment technique of schools

V. Title XVIII (Medicare)

A. Recommendations to the Congress for changes in the Social Cecurity act to broaden health coverage for people 65 or over, and priorities for such changes in service
B. What is the demand for the services of naturopathic practitioners by persons 65 or over?
C. Projection of the future needs of, and demands for, the services of naturopathic physicians by persons 65 or over — in 1975 — in 1980.

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