Canadian survey of consumers suggests cost savings from naturopathic careA survey of Ontario citizens found that patient perception supports the argument that expanded naturopathic services could be cost effective. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine titled their September 8, 2011

Canadian survey of consumers suggests cost-savings from naturopathic care

A survey of Ontario citizens found that patient perception supports the argument that expanded naturopathic services could be cost effective. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine titled their September 8, 2011 release Survey Finds Ontario Patients Say Naturopathic Medicine Reduces Use of Prescription Medications and Emergency Room Visits.  The independent polling form found that: “almost half of Ontarians treated by naturopathic doctors report naturopathic medicine has helped reduce their use of prescription drugs. Further, approximately 4 in 10 of those individuals report fewer visits to their family doctors and 3 in 10 [reported fewer visits] to hospitals as a result of the care they receive from naturopathic doctors. The analysis suggested “a general movement moving towards selecting naturopathic medicine as a treatment option based on a strong desire for more natural approaches to boosting and maintaining health.” Cited was the finding that “respondents currently seeking treatment from naturopathic doctors indicate they are seeking more natural approaches to health and wellness (67%) as opposed to being motivated by dissatisfaction with traditional health services (4%).” This study was conducted by Innovative Research Group Inc. through telephone interviews among a sample of 606 interviewees. The survey also found that an estimated 2 million Ontario residents now see a naturopathic doctor.

 

Comment: These data won’t move a researcher but can sure be useful in the courts of political and public opinion.