From: Vancouver Sun
Exactly one week after Surrey Memorial Hospital sprung a leak for the second time, Premier Christy Clark promised in her throne speech her government would work “to create the environment for” a school of traditional Chinese medicine at a post-secondary institution.
In the section entitled “Health Care and Innovation,” the speech stated:
“An innovative health care system must respond to the changing needs of its citizens and embrace practices beyond traditional western medicine.”
An ancient Asian system of medicine based on dubious and folkloric treatments is suddenly innovative, while “western” medicine, the progress of which has been based solely on the application of rigorous scientific evidence, is suddenly “traditional.” More than just Surrey Memorial is all wet in this government’s management of health care.
B.C. is a hotbed of alternative medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine has lots of company here — naturopathy, reiki, homeopathy, herbal remedies. It’s not uncommon for patients, especially cancer patients, to complement their regimen of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation with alternative treatments.
The author of the above goes on to state that he supports the right of patients to choose whatever healthcare they wish but opposes the tax-payer funding of nonsense. It is worth a read.
The trend for politicians to reject science and evidence in favour of anecdote and woo is worrying. Particularly in the field of healthcare where one might hope evidence based policy held sway.
It seems politicians are happy to throw money at any old nonsense if they think it will win them votes.