It's your body, your life; so why really should someone else be telling you which doctor you can see, what sort of treatment you can have, and preclude you from making those choices yourself? But that's the way medicine has been dispensed in this country. It is based on a traditional fee for service model- you see the provider then pay no matter the result. In Ancient China, you gave the healer a chicken to keep you healthy; if you became ill they didn't get the chicken. This is the 21st century and things have changed, and continue to change. In healthcare it is about wellness, ensuring the patient stays healthy.
This Network is being built on the philosophy that it absolutely should be your choice. We are here to assist you in making those choices at perhaps a critical time in your life. We are including naturopathic physicians, alternative healers, and complementary medicine because the Department of Health and Human Services has recognized 38% of adult Americans already use such services. We feel the number would be far greater if people had the choices and an insurance network that covered such events. As we build this network we would appreciate your thoughts and input because after all - this is about you.
Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine. He taught there are three elements to any healing. The first, is the art itself, or as we know it medicine. The second is the practitioner, the physician. The third is the patient. The patient is integral to any good outcome. The patient must participate in the healing process. the unfortunate part of our healthcare system is the patient is left out of the process and treated like a commodity. We have come to expect a pill to solve all our medical ills. In this complex world with so many experiencing healthcare issues, a pill rarely solves the problem anymore. The patient must participate in the outcome, and, they should want to participate and understand the nature of their ailment, the risks of a treatment protocol, and be fully cognizant of benefits to better make an educated decision.