Target: Illinois State Congress
Goal: Allow licensing of qualified naturopathic physicians to practice primary care medicine
Many states, including Illinois, are struggling with a shortage of primary care physicians. Naturopathic physicians receive four years of post-graduate education in primary care medicine and are licensed family doctors in 16 states. Urge the Illinois Congress to pass pending legislation to license naturopathic physicians as primary care doctors.
Naturopathic medicine is dedicated to restoring patients’ health by supporting the body’s natural ability to heal. Practitioners are trained in conventional methods of diagnosis and pharmaceutical treatment, but also receive training in using herbs, natural remedies, nutrition, and counseling.
In states that license naturopaths, they are qualified to diagnose and treat patients, and order medical testing. Each state has the right to specify certain stipulations on the scope of practice, such as which classes of medications naturopaths can prescribe or whether they can perform minor surgery.
In unlicensed states, naturopaths have no legal right to practice medicine and cannot diagnose or treat patients or order medical testing. Additionally, the use of the term “naturopath” is unprotected and anyone is free use the term, which is confusing for the public.
In the states in which they are licensed, naturopathic physicians have low rates of malpractice and high patient satisfaction. Patients gain the right to choose whether they want to seek conventional or naturopathic medicine, or combine both.
Tell the Illinois congress you want that right to choose. Tell them to support legislation to license qualified naturopathic physicians to practice primary care medicine.
Dear Illinois congress:
Please support people’s right to choose their healthcare by licensing naturopathic physicians to diagnose and treat patients.
Naturopathic physicians receive four years of post-graduate education that includes the basic sciences such as anatomy and physiology, medical examination and diagnosis, pharmaceutical treatment, and minor surgery, as well as natural remedies. They continue to have very low rates of malpractice claims and many patients express considerable satisfaction with being able to utilize both conventional and natural medicine.
Please support the licensure of naturopathic physicians as primary care providers. Grant residents the right to choose both conventional medicine and natural remedies.
[Your Name Here]
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