Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors

Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors

April 22, 2009 12:00 ET

Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors: No Funding for Chiropractic Services Will Cost Albertans in Many Ways

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) is speaking out against the Alberta government's plan to discontinue coverage of chiropractic services. "We are very unhappy with the decision to discontinue funding," said Dr. Clark Mills, ACAC president, at a news conference hosted today by the ACAC. "The inclusion of chiropractic services does far more to support a sustainable health system than to burden it," says Dr. Mills.

Chiropractic has long been proven to reduce strain on both financial and human resources within the medical system. Decades of research supports chiropractic as one of the most cost-effective and clinically effective options in the treatment of back and neck-related conditions.

In addition, the decision to discontinue funding for chiropractic services was made without consultation with Albertans. "Tens of thousands of letters were sent to MLAs and the Health Minister in support of continuing chiropractic funding and while the government has acknowledged this massive public response, they have disregarded it," says Dr. Mills. "This flies in the face of the government's claims to support patient choice and access to services."

The Minister's own comments indicating the importance of funding services that save the system money, improve health outcomes, decrease visits to the emergency rooms and free up much-needed medical resources contradict the decision to discontinue chiropractic funding. In fact, these stated objectives would be best met by continuing funding, as chiropractic can deliver on each of them.

The ACAC made several attempts to contact the Health Minister to explore the rationale behind his decision and received no response.

The ACAC calls on Albertans to express their concerns about the negative impact this cut to funding will have on their individual health care by calling or writing their MLAs. "Albertans deserve accessible and effective health care options, especially vulnerable populations such as seniors, low-income households and AISH recipients. It is important to hold the government accountable for providing the best possible health care system for all Albertans," says Dr. Mills.

The ACAC regulates the chiropractic profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act and is committed to protecting the public, ensuring accountability and improving Albertans' health and well-being. There are currently more than 900 licensed chiropractors in Alberta providing care to almost one million patients per year.

To view The ACAC Media Backgrounder, please click the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/422acac1.pdf.

Media materials can be viewed and downloaded from the following website: www.albertachiro.com.

Contact Information

  • Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
    Dr. Clark Mills
    President
    (780) 963-6159
    Website: www.albertachiro.com