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Top 10 Reasons Naturopathic Medicine Reduces Health Care Costs


1. More treatment options

Naturopathic physicians provide patients with a broad range of safe and effective natural therapeutics. Treatment is individualized to each patient.

2. Less expensive treatment

Naturopathic treatments are inherently less expensive than many conventional interventions and many naturopathic treatments do not require the patient to incur any cost. Naturopathic treatments restore the body’s ability to self-regulate, often eliminating the need for long term prescription drug cost or surgery.

3. Reduce need for surgical procedures

Naturopathic physicians are trained to educate patients on the benefits, risks and alternatives of surgical procedures. By practicing preventatively, the need for future surgeries can potentially be avoided.

4. Decrease prescription drug costs

Naturopathic physicians prescribe botanical or nutritional supplements to effectively address medical problems. Often this reduces the need for prescription medication.

5. Reduce incidence of adverse reactions to prescription medications

Approximately two percent of drug prescriptions result in hospital admission. Adverse drug reactions may add as much as $5 billion annually to health care costs and are considered the 5th
leading cause of death in the U.S. 100,000 people died in 2003 of adverse reactions from correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

6. Reduce the incidence of iatrogenic (doctor-induced) illnesses

As many as one-third of patients admitted to hospitals contract another illness during their stay, resulting in longer stays. Fatal pharmaceutical adverse reactions combined with iatrogenic fatalities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

7. Low malpractice rates, resulting in reduced patient costs

Malpractice insurance rates are very low for naturopathic physicians. Lower malpractice rates means there is LESS risk associated with naturopathic treatments. Patients of naturopathic
physicians do not have to absorb high malpractice costs.

8. Addresses the cause of illness thus eliminating expensive ongoing care

By addressing and treating the cause of disease, the need for repeated and expensive symptomatic treatment is eliminated. Naturopathic physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, thorough history, and complete physical examination to diagnose underlying causes of disease.

9. Offers true disease prevention

Naturopathic physicians emphasize health-building practices, reducing the high future cost of preventable chronic and degenerative diseases.

10. Reduce insurance costs

Naturopathic medical billing is far less per patient than conventional medical billing.