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house Bill H.R. 3851

Chiropractic Membership in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Act of 2015

    Currently, the US Public Health Commissioned Corps serves the nation's health and wellness. It consists of health professionals from all facets of healthcare, and includes professionals such as MD's, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, PT's, occupational therapists, and veterinarians among others. However, nowhere in this long list of health professionals is doctors of chiropractic. In my opinion, this is a glaring deficiency. Doctors of chiropractic are primary spinal specialists, with an extensive knowledge of neurology and musculoskeletal anatomy. In some states, DC's are considered primary care physicians. Why would they not be considered a part of the Health Services Commisioned Corps?
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    Chiropractic care has repeatedly been shown to be a more effective, and cheaper treatment for low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. It has been shown to be safer as it does not lead to opioid addiction, or pain medication side effects, and has adverse effects much more uncommonly. With this in mind, the health care field, and patients, could benefit greatly from integrating the chiropractic profession more closely with other medical/health care professions. This is a great way to accelerate this process and improve health care without cutting into the budget.
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