opposing Access to Chiropractic care by Veterans and Military
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
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 Medicine.
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 direct access."
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
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.