|MDs opposing Access to Chiropractic
care by Veterans and Military
Organized Medicine continues to show its prejudice against chiropractic
in a Nov. 26, 2001 article from the American Medical News.
This article starts off by saying, "Chiropractors seek primary care
status at Veterans Affairs Dept. A House bill would name chiropractors as
primary care providers in the VA health system. But opposition may lead to
a study." The article refers to a bill passed by the US
Congress and presently in the US Senate that would make chiropractic care
available to all US veterans and service people.
The article states that the American Academy of Family Physicians has
even started a letter writing campaign to the US Congress in opposition to
the proposed law. Additionally, groups officially opposing the
chiropractic provisions of the bill include the AMA, the American
Osteopathic Assn. and the American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic
Dr. Jerome McAndrews, a chiropractic spokesman, said the VA's policy
does not give veterans sufficient access to chiropractic. "Because of
the illegal boycott by physicians, it has been proven that for
chiropractors to be welcomed or accepted there needs to be legislation
requiring it because the resistance is all through the system. We need
The argument continues as the medical groups do not want the veterans
and service people to have direct access to chiropractic care without
first going to a medical doctor. Most chiropractors realize that
this would mean that patients would be denied the benefits chiropractic
care has given to millions of Americans.
The medical opinions stated in this article are in stark contrast to
the overwhelming support of military and government personnel who received
chiropractic care at the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks. At
a facility called "Camp Freedom" hundreds of military and rescue
workers lined up for chiropractic care each day to be adjusted. In
the face of this type of response, arguments against allowing open access
to chiropractic sound simply like turf wars.