Published by the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, Contributing authors/editors: Erica Oberg, ND, MPH | Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM Patricia Herman, ND, MPH, PhD | Taylor Walsh | Alyssa Wostrel, MBA.
Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a 2013 IOM report concluded; “The United States spends much more money on health care than any other country. Yet, Americans die sooner and experience more illness than residents in many other countries…The nation’s current health trajectory is lower in success and higher in cost than it should be. The cost of inaction is high.”
With health care costs currently at 2.5 trillion dollars, the cost of inaction is indeed high. While few would argue the benefits of conventional medicine in acute care, it is clear that other Global Healing Traditions which focus on disease prevention and health creation have some very valuable lessons to offer. As think-tanks around the country are struggling to find a solution through technology, accountable care organizations and bundled payment systems the answer is right in front of us.
Integrative Health and Medicine offers a comprehensive prevention-based approach to effectively treat chronic disease and enhance health promotion. Integrative Health and Medicine embraces a multi-disciplinary team of licensed health care providers working at the highest level of their scope of practice. Link to the March 2015 Booklet at http://www.ihpc.org