Is Chiropractic Care Primary Health Care?

Published In: The Journal of the CCA, v. 36, no. 2, 1992, p. 96-101

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1992

by Ian D. Coulter

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This article is provocative. It raises the question of whether chiropractic care will be considered a primary care discipline as the health care reform debate heats up. One of the essential dilemmas that health care reform must solve is the mismatch between the population's needs and the type of physicians that are being produced. In particular, specialists are overproduced and primary care physicians are underproduced. This article raises the question of whether chiropractors might be those primary care providers and lead medicine into a holistic health care movement.

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