EDITORIAL:
CHOICE CAN LOWER COSTS

From The Cancer Chronicles #15
© April 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

There was a time when "freedom of choice" seemed to me the opportunistic slogan of a political fringe group. By 1980, I was so turned off by the sloganeering of some laetrile proponents that I banished the topic from The Cancer Syndrome.

It took me years to realize that medical freedom was a basic human right. Throughout history many great philosophers and jurists have endorsed as a fundamental principle of liberty the right to do with your own body as you wish. In Schneider v. Revici (1987), Federal courts explicitly endorsed freedom of choice in cancer therapy. Today, it is heartening that supporters of choice come from all sections of the political spectrum--not just Orrin Hatch, but Tom Harkin as well. Yet, in many ways, the current system makes it impossible for us to fully exercise this fundamental human right.

Freedom of choice between competing medical systems is not only fair to both health consumers and providers, but a highly practical move. The high cost of health care is fostered by the monopoly of one school of medicine ('scientific' or 'allopathic,' depending on your point of view). Allowing other schools to practice freely will drive down medical costs. Reimbursing for them will lower overall medical costs. That is why "freedom of choice" must become the slogan of the health care reform movement in America.


Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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