Expectations for health care are changing. Ontarians are less likely to accept a healthcare system that does not respond to them as individuals. The focus of the healthcare system has traditionally been to respond when someone becomes sick. This is not enough for today’s consumer-driven expectations. As Ontarians age and chronic diseases become more prevalent there are increasing demands for a personalized approach to medicine. Ontarians want help to reduce the risks of getting sick, extensive diagnostic testing to know more about potential risks, alternatives to just taking pharmaceuticals, and responsiveness to their preferences for the care they receive.
Naturopathic doctors are primary healthcare providers who are experts in natural therapies and leaders in prevention. Their extensive training and personalized approach to patient health means that they look for the root cause of disease and work with patients to customize their treatment and achieve their health goals. Ontarian’s are living longer and are identifying health as a priority. Prevention, collaboration and establishing health goals are all part of the care NDs offer patients.
A major focus of the OAND efforts is to advocate for Ontario’s NDs to be able to practice to the full extent of their training and capability under the new Naturopathy Act, so that patients can get the care they want from their ND, and the profession can increase its contribution to the sustainability of the publicly-funded healthcare system.