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WA CHOICE = Washington Citizens for Healthy Options, Integrity and Clinical Excellence!

What ever happened to the land of the “free” and the home of the “brave”?

Today the freedom to choose health care options is being undermined through myriad forces conspiring to limit options, restrict choice and spread dis-information. In the articles which follow in the days ahead, we will strive to inform you of your choices and to empower you to see clearly before you decide.

Here in the great State of Washington, where innovative and holistic doctors have pioneered freedom in health care, we find the most concerted effort to quash freedom of choice. My understanding of human nature cautions me to always keep an eye on the money trail because, sadly, right behind fear, the drive for money and power trumps even love and good will all too frequently.

Therefore we will begin with a brief analysis of the troubling situation in the state of Washington:

Memo Summarizing Problematic Department of Health (DOH) Behavior

Over a decade ago, the Washington State Legislature changed the laws in this state to allow alternative and unconventional medical practices. The following is the relevant portion of Washington State RCW 18.130.010 Section 34, lines 4-7, which the citizens and legislators inserted in order to guarantee health care choice, “to wit”
“The use of a nontraditional treatment by itself shall not constitute unprofessional conduct, provided that it does not result in injury to a patient or create an unreasonable risk that a patient may be harmed.”
That intent sounds reasonable and indeed this law reflects the spirit of citizens of Washington State who think that they are entitled to freedom of choice in selecting among a variety of health care options.
(NOTE: Washingtonians LIKE being able to choose whatever type of health care they consider to be in their best interest!)

However, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC) (influenced by financial support by Aetna Insurance company) is generally ignoring the law and persecuting integrative medicine providers solely on the grounds that they practice alternative or integrative medicine. The MQAC is charged with overseeing standard allopathic (conventional) physicians, physicians that practice integrative medicine, and Naturopathic physicians. The MQAC, by its own admission, has no expertise in any area outside of standard allopathic medicine. This creates an ethical and practical problem since the board does not have the expertise to determine what constitutes appropriate professional behavior. The MQAC oversees all people who practice medicine in the state of Washington which, (and this may astound you) includes YOU, your GRANDMOTHER and your hypochondriacal uncle – NOT just MDs, DOs, DC’s. NDs, nutritionists, acupuncturists, etc. The definition, (see below) is excessively broad:

RCW 18.71.011 Definition of practice of medicine —
A person is practicing medicine if he does one or more of the following:

(1) Offers or undertakes to diagnose, cure, advise or prescribe for any human disease, ailment, injury, infirmity, deformity, pain or other condition, physical or mental, real or imaginary, by any means or instrumentality;

(2) Administers or prescribes drugs or medicinal preparations to be used by any other person;

(3) Severs or penetrates the tissues of human beings;

(4) Uses on cards, books, papers, signs or other written or printed means of giving information to the public, in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the diagnosis or treatment of human disease or conditions the designation “doctor of medicine”, “physician”, “surgeon”, “m.d.” or any combination thereof unless such designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts for which a person has a license: Provided however, that a person licensed under this chapter shall not engage in the practice of chiropractic as defined in RCW 18.25.005.
To review, one is practicing medicine in the state of Washington and are subject to fines or imprisonment if one
(1) Offers or undertakes to diagnose, cure, advise or prescribe for any human disease, ailment, injury, infirmity, deformity, pain or other condition, physical or mental, real or imaginary, by any means or instrumentality;

Consider the implications of this language! Your Mother warns: “put some sunscreen on to prevent skin cancer” . Your Grandma suggests: “You seem tired. Take a nap”. You the Dad and soccer coach advises: “Put some ice on that swollen ankle”. Your sister offers: “You need a band-aid for that cut.” And your friend suggests that you: “Drink some water to re-hydrated in this heat.” All these people are performing illegal services, unless they are licensed to practice medicine.

Americans are in the habit of having freedom to choose. Today that freedom is being restricted along with many other freedoms we have taken for granted and not guarded.
Patients of mine are now in the habit of calling their elected representatives and insisting that they enforce the current law for choice in health care and stridently correct the unethical and unpopular actions of MQAC and the Department of Health.
Be informed. Stay free. Be Brave.