Petition for acupuncture to be covered by Medicare

This is a piece from a pro-Acupuncture web site. Active lobbying is occurring to push for inclusion of acupuncture into insurance coverage.

A waste of your money? Yes.

Acupuncturists have a petition.

Acupuncture One Step Closer to Medicare Inclusion.

The new year has proven to be a promising one for acupuncturists nationwide. On the start of the Chinese New Year, the White House petition to recognize acupuncture as a profession and have it included in the Medicare system met the White House standard of having more than 25,000 signatures in order to mandate a formal response by the White House.

In an effort to make a case, the petition notes studies have shown that when an acupuncturist is directly involved in patient care for pain management and other issues, the patient recovers quicker with less medication required.

The petition also noted that many professions such as dieticians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives and clinical social workers are already recognized in the Social Security Act and are therefore included in the Medicare system.

Now, acupuncturists nationwide await a response to have acupuncture finds its place in the mainstream Medicare system.

There has been a general push to get acupuncture included not only in insurance plans but in military medicine. It is cheap and has few side effects, and it doesn’t really work.

Science doesn’t work by democracy. So a bunch of advocates can’t dictate what truly works.

This petition reached its goal of 25,000 signatures with nearly 27,000. However, advocates of SCIENCE-based medicine can argue that medical treatments should be based on good science – that is evidence and reasonable basis. The basis of acupuncture is that qi (‘chi’), the flow of energy through pathways in the body (meridians), is disrupted. Inserting needles into particular points will restore “balance”. It’s a pre-scientific concept. The existence of qi or meridians has never been shown. Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture does not work.

It really is time for actual doctors to step up and say this is nonsense and a waste. Medicare is in trouble, we don’t need nonsense treatments that waste money, there are better alternatives than this.

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  4 comments for “Petition for acupuncture to be covered by Medicare

  1. RDW
    February 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Our Healthcare system is bloated and ineffectual in many ways. A lot of people don’t receive proper healthcare, (or any at all) while others can throw money,(or have it stolen by quacks) on what amounts to a load of crap. It makes me sick. But hopefully not too sick. I wouldn’t want to have to pay full price to see a doctor.

  2. Bob
    February 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    But I have the sudden need to stab people with needles!

  3. drwfishesman
    February 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    the US Military has been using tax dollars to promote this bunk for years. I wrote about it here: http://www.skeptinerd.com/2012/02/acupuncture-in-the-military/

    Dr. Harriet Hall did a much better job on Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2012/08/quack_medicine_in_the_military_acupuncture_cupping_and_moxibustion_are_endangering_troops_.html

    This is just another attempt at legitimacy for these quacks.

  4. February 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    A fool and my money may soon be parted.

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