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Dr. Carmona’s Answers to Questions
Q: What does Dr. Carmona advise for individuals who live a lifestyle he recommends and who do not use the ‘sick’ care system for their health care needs but will now be forced into health insurance options that are not of a complementary and alternative services nature?
A: Most insurance plans cover some Complimentary and Alternative Medicine “CAM” services. As far as I know there are no specific insurance companies for CAM only. Therefore, select an insurance provider that provides the most latitude in CAM. The field is still evolving; as more scientific information is generated as to the proven value of certain CAM therapies, more will be covered.
Q: Any suggestions in getting alternative medicine covered by insurance?
A: Some “alternative” practices are already covered IF they have been proven to bring added value to patient care. More research needs to be done to delineate what actually works. A good source of information is the National Institute of Health http://www.nih.gov/ Center for Complementary and Alternative (CCAM) Medicine.
Q: Will Tucson Medical Center re-establish a trauma unit?
A: It is not likely.