Chiropractor joins health commission in Oregon

Governor appoints Albany chiropractor to commission

Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed longtime Albany chiropractor Dr. Vern Saboe to the new Health Evidence Review Commission created by House Bill 2100, which passed during the 2011 legislative session.

The goal is to make sure resources are not spent on unproven treatments or expensive interventions when less costly but just as effective treatments are available.


The new commission will be made up of 13 individuals including medical physicians, a dentist, a public health representative, and a behavioral health provider such as a social worker, alcohol and drug treatment provider or psychologist or psychiatrist, as well as participants representing consumers, pharmacy, the insurance industry, and complementary and alternative medicine providers.

Credit: @EdzardErnst (via Twitter)

Interesting. If the goal is indeed “to make sure resources are not spent on unproven treatments or expensive interventions when less costly but just as effective treatments are available,” what will the alternative and complimentary med advocates say? Hmm. Define “unproven” and “effective”.

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