Naturopathic Care is Cost Effective: Prevention
Naturopathic doctors are experts in prevention. NDs use evidence-based, chronic disease prevention programs to effectively promote behaviors in patients which foster health and reduce risk factors for chronic disease. This reduces the need for repeated, costly and potentially ineffective symptomatic treatment by addressing primary and secondary causes of disease. By decreasing the risk of disease, naturopathic care results in lower health care costs.
An internal Blue Shield study in King County, WA, presented evidence showing that Naturopathic doctors treated 7 of the top 10 most expensive health conditions more cost effectively than MDs or other conventional providers, and estimated that a naturopathic-centered managed care program could cut the costs of chronic and stress related illness by up to 40% and lower the costs of specialist utilization by 30%.
(Henny, GC, Alternative Health Care Consultant, King County Medical Blue Shield (KCMBS), Phase I Final Report: Alternative Healthcare Project, 1995)