TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's 2013 Budget reiterated the
government's goal to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America
by encouraging more efficient delivery of services and treatments.
Each day, Ontario's 1,200 regulated naturopathic doctors are providing
the kind of health care that Ontario's Action Plan calls for with no additional cost to government. Naturopathic doctors not only help keep their patients healthy, they
are experts in addressing preventable risk factors by managing or even
reversing chronic disease, such as diabetes and hypertension, lowering
patients' reliance on expensive pharmaceuticals, and more.
As primary care providers, naturopathic doctors are providing Ontario
patients choice of efficient delivery of service and reducing
unnecessary and expensive visits to Emergency Rooms through
"It is estimated that 80% of Ontarians by the age of 45 will suffer from
a chronic disease. Many of these diseases are preventable," said Elias
Markou, ND, Chair of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
"As naturopathic doctors, we work collaboratively to provide faster
access to primary care for Ontario's already over-burdened healthcare
system, saving health care millions of dollars in the process."
The Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, has stated she recognizes the
importance of all health professions "contributing their full potential
to the benefit of their patients."
The new Naturopathy Act is intended to modernize the regulation of naturopathic doctors,
allowing them to practise to their full scope of training. Ontario's
naturopathic doctors' model of care supports Ontario's goal of Better
Care, and Better Value for Ontario's Money.
About the OAND
The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) represents
Ontario's registered NDs. Naturopathic doctors are highly educated
primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with
a broad range of natural therapies. Naturopathic care is covered by
most group insurance programs.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
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Phone: 416-233-2001 ext 228