A chiropractor who treats a chronic illness or injury could soon be able to claim a wellness benefit for their care.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has approved a draft amendment to the National Health Care Quality and Safety Framework which will bring chiropractors’ benefits under the umbrella of wellness.
The NHMRC is a government-appointed body tasked with overseeing the health and safety of the nation’s healthcare systems.
It’s a position that has traditionally focused on preventing unnecessary harm to patients, but that’s about to change.
The draft amendment would enable chiropractists to claim wellness benefits for services provided within a health care system.
This could potentially make chiropracters more competitive with more established, traditional health care providers, which can often charge a higher fee.
It could also allow more providers to offer services in the same way that chiropractics do.
Chiropractors currently can only claim wellness benefit from health care systems where they have a valid medical certificate, a valid prescription and are licensed to practice.
The NHS, however, does not require chiropracts to meet any of these requirements.
In an announcement today, the NHMCC said it had accepted a draft recommendation from the NHHRC to amend the National Healthcare Quality and Health Safety Framework to include chiropracting’s wellness benefits.NHMCC chairwoman Louise Maugham said: “Our draft amendment will enable chiropractor-led health care professionals to benefit from the same robust protection offered to other professionals in the health care workforce.”
We recognise the importance of protecting the NHS and our people from harm when it comes to health conditions and injuries.
“In light of this proposal, the National Highways Authority will also be able in future to provide more information to enable health care staff to assess chiropractically-led professionals as well as to provide chiropractives with the benefit of wellness benefit.”
Chiampractors are a popular profession in many countries around the world.
The U.S. has over 25,000 chiropractist-led chiropractorties, while Canada has over 9,000.
In Australia, there are nearly 6,000 licensed chiropracturs, and in the U.K. there are about 1,000, according to the NHS Choices website.
In the U of S, there is currently no medical board in place to make sure that a chiropractor-led professional is able to safely practice.
Chimranos have long been an accepted practice, but the issue of access to healthcare in the United States has come up recently, especially in the healthcare sector, where many providers have left the country.
The new amendment would allow chiropractals to be able, for the first time, to be eligible for wellness benefits, but it would not necessarily mean that the chiropractorettes would have the same rights as doctors, who can be subject to the same rules as other health care workers.
It will be up to the NHMA, which has been tasked with ensuring the best care for patients, to decide how to regulate chiropractoring in the future.