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Leading bioethicists and philosophers examine and debate the question of how the health care system should deal with using complimentary and alternative medicines. The distinguished authorities writing here both defend and criticize alternative medicine, with some arguing that the medical system should change substantially in order to accommodate alternative medicine, and others claiming that virtually all alternative treatments are worthless. In the heat of the debate many fundamental issues are raised concerning our health care system, among them the questions of therapeutic effectiveness, media truthfulness, the patient's freedom to choose among treatment options, health insurance coverage, the ability of the current healthcare delivery system to meet patients' needs, and government approval of alternative medicines.
"Leading bioethicists and philosophers examine and debate the question of how the health care system should deal with using alternative and complementary medicines...with contributions from distinguished authorities."
"This book consist of six different essays by authors with widely varying perspectives. All the articles discuss some aspect of health policy related to alternative medicine, including insurance coverage, scientific validity, integration with conventional medicine, and access to treatment. The views range from S. Barrett's complete rejection of nearly all forms of nonconventional treatment to V. Patel's advocacy for greater integration of many of the principles and techniques of alternative approaches. The article by S.M. Weitzman on insurance coverage for complementary and alternative medicine is arguably the best article in the book."-Religious Studies Review
Alternative' Medicine: More Hype than Hope,Stephen Barrett. Understanding the Integration of Alternative
Modalities into an Emerging Healthcare Model in the United States,Vimal Patel. Healthcare Plans as Gatekeepers: Alternative Medicine, Grace Powers Monaco and Gilbert Smith. Insurance Coverage for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Access, Challenges, and Policy, S. Mitchell Weitzman. Legal and Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding Prayer as a Method of Alternative Healing for Children, G. Steven Neeley. Alternative Medicine: Ethical Challenges for the Profession of Pharmacy, John K. Crellin.Index.