Why don’t we have a health care system that embraces, more thoroughly, the concept of therapeutic efficacy, regardless of whether or not the treatment has a patent? The real problem is not the power of the drug companies, but the power of intellectual property rights (patents), which, Dr. Bell says, effectively “… supplants most other forms of therapy in our country.” We’re no doubt witnessing a world where pharmaceuticals so eclipse the delivery of healthcare that a vast field of non-prescription remedies go unused.
What’s the one thing that integrative medicine practitioners are asking for? A level playing field.
It seems to me that integrative healthcare, as I understand it, is all about taking a central tenet of medicine seriously: “First do no harm.” If there are low-cost, low-tech, unpatented solutions for many of our ills, why wouldn’t we encourage their use?
Excellent post trubblemakr.
If C-51 is passed we'll all know who really runs healthcare here.