Medical doctors have expressed concerns about the new law. Their opposition has been characterized as a “turf battle.” Naturopaths have said they hope wider prescription authority will expand their ability to serve patients as their primary care physician.
David Wall of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon argues that naturopathic physicians are more likely than medical doctors to make prescribing errors because of gaps in their training. Psychiatrists raised a similar argument against legislation that would permit Oregon’s psychologists to prescribe medication. That bill has been put on hold to allow a task force to come up with a compromise.
Do you see a naturopath? Will this new legislation change the way you receive medical care?
- Igor Schwartzman: Naturopathic Physician
- Mitch Stargrove: Naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, author of a text book called Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions and professor of the history of medicine at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and National College of Natural Medicine
- David Walls: Executive director of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon