A New Think Tank for Science in Medicine Speaks Out against Woo in Health Care Legislation

The Institute for Science in Medicine is a newly formed international policy institute that seeks to promote science as the best and only way to ensure not only safe, quality health care but cost effectiveness, as well. Its list of 42 founding members and 15 fellows reads like a Who’s Who of prominent physicians, researchers, scholars and other professionals who are already noted for speaking out in support of science and reason in health care and against a multitude of non-science-based therapies collectively known as “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.” Their names include many long-time friends of the JREF.  See http://www.scienceinmedicine.org/?page_id=7

The ISM has just issued its first press release http://www.scienceinmedicine.org/?page_id=17 expressing its concern about provisions in the health care reform bills that would require reimbursement of ineffective and potentially unsafe care by alternative medicine practitioners. “Congress will be giving a green light to practitioners who are unrestrained by professional ethics, the requirements of scientific evidence, or a defined scope or practice, thus paving the way for further waste, fraud and abuse.”

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This article was originally published in Swift, the online newsletter of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Dr. Hall is a contributing editor to both Skeptic magazine and the Skeptical Inquirer. She is a weekly contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog and is one of its editors. She has also contributed to Quackwatch and to a number of other respected journals and publications. She is the author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon and co-author of the textbook, Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.