Everyone Has Access to Naturopathic Medicine with Telemedicine
Over the course of my career as a Naturopathic Doctor I have received countless inquiries from out of state requesting referrals for naturopathic care. Some of these people traveled to see me at my clinic and others were happy simply to get a like-minded referral. If you happen to live in one of the 17 states where Naturopathic Doctors are licensed then consider yourself to be very lucky. Naturopathic medicine has saved the day for my family and me repeatedly over the years and I couldn’t imagine living life without it.
Undoubtedly I would be a lot less healthy than I am now.
This is especially true for women’s and children’s health. Women’s health is complicated and daily demands have a way of creating chaos with hormones.
When a woman suffers, her whole family suffers. This begins her search for answers and ultimately family wellness.
For children who have developing digestive and immune systems. They routinely need support that can easily be enhanced with natural medicine.
Currently, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination in order to receive a license.
Until recently, law mandated that in order to establish a patient doctor relationship the doctor had to physically examine the patient (aka touch the patient). This impeded the out of state patient from gaining access to care that they would very likely benefit from. The previous Telemedicine law only allowed it to be conducted in rural or isolated areas. In the last year, new laws have been passed. It is now widely accepted to diagnose and treat patients virtually using telemedicine. In most cases doctors can view physical concerns through the video camera and make recommendations based on symptoms and physical assessment. This eliminates barriers to care and promotes access especially with out of state patients. I am thrilled to now be able to say, “Yes, I know you’re at your wits end and Yes, I can help you. “
There are too many women who are struggling and so many moms who need help. Now anyone living in an unlicensed sate can have access to naturopathic care. I no longer have to turn women away.
Telemedicine empowers you to take charge of your health. With the click of a button you can have the doctor come to you. No change from your daily routine, no wasted time, no waiting. Better service without compromise.
With Much Respect,
Below is the list of states that currently license and recognize Naturopathic Doctors as Primary care physicians:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota