Patients’ Right to Choose Treatment and Provider Will Cut Costs, Improve Quality of Care. Following the Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Blue Heron Chiropractic and A Back in Balance Chiropractic & Massage will continue to advocate for the rights of patients to choose the provider and treatments they feel are best suited for them.
In respect to patient choice, today’s decision means that the provider non-discrimination provision within PPACA remains intact. This part of the law makes it illegal for health plans and insurers to discriminate against health care providers based solely on their license. For patients, this means they can visit the provider of their choice for the type of treatment they desire, as long as the service is covered by their health plan.
Patients are becoming more aware of the downsides of over reliance on prescription drugs and the premature use of surgery for common health conditions such as low-back pain. These treatments also come with high price tags. For example, many patients prefer to utilize doctors of chiropractic (DCs), who offer drug-free, non-surgical options. Further, the services provided by DCs have been proven to be effective and less costly than traditional medical care.
To meet the needs of the public, every qualified health care provider will have to practice to the fullest extent of his or her scope of practice. Enabling patients to seek primary care services from doctors of chiropractic and other non-MD/DO providers who are qualified to provide these services will help take some of the strain off the health care system.
Removes artificial barriers to patients’ choices! For more on this and an expanded context, please go to www.acatoday.org.
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