10 Reasons to License NDs

(1.) NDs offer more treatment options and can provide consumers with a broader range of safe, effective care.

(2.) NDs offer treatments that are often times less expensive than their conventional counterparts.  Many naturopathic treatments incur no cost whatsoever.

(3.) NDs reduce the need for expensive surgical procedures by suggesting non-surgical options whenever possible and referring for surgery only when it is absolutely necessary.

(4.) NDs decrease prescription drug costs by prescribing nutritional, botanical, or homeopathic preparations.

(5.) NDs reduce incidence of adverse reactions to prescription medications by using them less often and more carefully.  About two percent of drug prescriptions result in hospital admission and adverse drug reactions may add as much as $5 billion annually to health care costs.  They are also considered the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. with roughly 100,000 people dying in 2003 due to adverse reactions from correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

(6.) NDs reduces the incidence of iatrogenic (doctor-induced) illnesses.  As many as one-third of patients admitted to hospitals contract another illness while there, resulting in longer stays.  Fatal pharmaceutical adverse reactions combined with iatrogenic fatalities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

(7.) NDs lower malpractice rates, resulting in reduced patient costs.  Malpractice insurance rates are much lower for naturopathic physicians than they are for conventional doctors and patients of naturopathic physicians do not have to absorb high malpractice costs.

(8.) NDs address the cause of illness, thus eliminating the expensive of ongoing care.  By addressing and treating the cause of disease, the need for repeated, expensive and often ineffective symptomatic treatment is eliminated.

(9.) NDs offers true disease prevention and emphasize health-building practices, reducing the high future cost of preventable degenerative diseases.

(10.) NDs reduce insurance costs and naturopathic medical billing is far lower per patient than conventional medical billing.