The Institute of Medicine has taken a step in the right direction by beginning to advocate for putting integrative medicine on Congress's radar this year. With a new focus on health care dollars and economic use of limited funds, it only makes sense to begin to look outside standard disease based care and at more integrative models of good health care. "Health is more than the absence of disease", said Dr. Ralph Snyderman who is heading up a three day meeting of the Institute of Medicine on the topic of wellness and integrative care.
Kudos to the Institute of Medicine for beginning to view the many aspects of quality, health care as more than just a disease based model. Read the Boston Globe article "Doctors Move Wellness Care onto the Radar" on this topic.
I would love to hear your ideas about how we can create a new model for quality health care in our country.