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Rights, Access to Healthcare Providers of Choice at Risk
Date:6/8/2009

or a naturopathic physician. But given the present environment, this may not always be the case."

Currently, there is a divisive movement to restrict the valuable services provided by some healthcare professionals, which will limit patient access to safe, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare. As indispensable caregivers to millions of Americans, the healthcare professionals represented by the Coalition are continually defending their right to offer services that they are both licensed/certified and qualified to provide.

"Access to healthcare should be based on patient safety, efficacy and positive outcomes, not provider policies and compensation battles. It's not fair for patients to be stuck in the middle of a turf battle," continued Shekleton. "Patients are best served when they have access to a team of healthcare professionals who work together to ensure overall health and wellness."

The Coalition advocates for the legally authorized practice rights of its members to ensure continued services for the patients who rely on them. Limiting the ability of healthcare professionals to practice and provide appropriate care places an enormous and unnecessary burden on the American healthcare system. Without the contributions of these professionals, many patients would lack essential healthcare services and options, especially those in rural and medically underserved areas.

The Coalition urges consumers to learn more about the expertise and qualifications of its membership and to consider the role these professionals play in America's healthcare system. To learn more, visit www.patientsrightscoalition.org.

About the Coalition for Patients' Rights

A national coalition of more than 35 organizations, the Coalition for Patients' Rights represents more than three million licensed and certified healthcare professionals committed to ensu
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