Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

by drsjbecker on December 26, 2012

Even when research finds that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) or approaches are effective, these still may be shunned by health care’s major stakeholders. Employers, private insurers and government agencies like Medicare that pay for services often block inclusion due to concerns about costs.

The findings of an exhaustive, systematic review of cost studies on complementary and integrative medicine from 2001-2010, published in the British Medical Journal Open, begins to provide definitive guidance. The report, led by Patricia Herman, M.S., N.D., Ph.D., will not immediately please every integrative health advocate. Nor will it serve as marching orders for every health care benefits decision maker.

The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) – (Thursday September 27, 2012) By John Weeks, 2012 AANP Champion of Naturopathic Medicine

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