Chiropractic legal rights have dogged the heels of Chiropractors ever since DD Palmer stated his discovery of a new healing profession in 1895.
It is interesting that a very large number of medical doctors should have been so threatened by a tiny minority. Perhaps they had an inkling of what was to come, and how Chiropractic would undermine their dominance.
In the latest of hundreds of court cases, a Brazilian judge has ruled in favour of a small band of Chiropractors against the seemingly enormous odds: 92 000 physiotherapists. Read more about Brazil Chiropractic ....
Four chiropractors finally had a guts full of the illegal techniques being used by political Medicine to contain and if possible eradicate Chiropractic. So they took the Goliath to court - AND WON! For more about Wilk vs AMA click here.
Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.
It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.
In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.
Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?
The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.
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