Jaroslavski proposes integrating traditional complementary medicine into the public health system

Paraná, June 15 (APFDigital)

– It aims to make progress in the overall public health system, “a step forward in the revision of the whole system”, confirmed the radical MP • The project establishes the inclusion of traditional and complementary medicine practices, as the province did from Santa Fe

Provincial MP Gracia Jaroslavski (UCR) unveiled a bill aimed at integrating conventional medicine – which uses standardized treatments and scientifically proven medicines – and the traditional and complementary medicine system, which uses non-traditional personalized methods to help the sick body heal. and healthy to prevent and maintain health.

As a starting point, the legislator explained what traditional medicine is and why its articulation with conventional medicine implies a broader approach to health and generates concrete benefits.

It consists of “a variety of health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs, which include herbal, animal and / or mineral medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises applied individually or in combination for the maintenance of well-being and treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases’.

In this framework, the initiative that the MP encourages establishes the inclusion of the so-called traditional complementary medicine (MTC) in the public health system. This includes practices and therapies such as phytomedicine, osteopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, horse therapy, reiki and biodecoding, among others.

The text presented in the Chamber of Deputies stipulates that the province will “promote the regulatory and operational changes needed for the effective integration of TCM into the health system, including the recruitment of staff, the construction of infrastructure and the preparation of manuals for procedures.” .

The initiative also establishes the establishment of a directorate of traditional medicine at the Ministry of Health of Entre Ríos, which should “establish training requirements, standards of professional ethics, control the quality and marketing of products used in practice. of the MTC and to prepare a vademecum ‘.

The project also calls for “the application of TCM training at different levels of higher education in order to increase the population’s access to these therapeutic opportunities”.

In his project, Jaroslavski supports the need to “promote the interaction between TCM technicians and conventional medicine specialists in order to improve patient outcomes”, who will have the opportunity to decide what type of therapy or treatment. medicine prefers to be cared for.

It will also set up registers or registration systems where technicians, therapists and / or professionals in authorized practices must register in order to obtain the relevant professional practice permit.

The radical legislature’s initiative recognizes six categories of TCM: holistic medical systems, mind and body medicine, biological practices, body-based manipulations and practices, energy medicine, and animal therapies. Within these categories you can find some of the following practices: Homeopathic medicine. Biocoding, acupressure, reflexology, magnetic therapy, tai chi, horse therapy, etc.

In terms of funding, the project stipulates that the Ministry of Health must draw up a budget that will allow “the launch of TCM in the province’s public health centers gradually and over a period of no more than three years”.

At the heart of the initiative, MEP Jaroslavski reaffirmed that “in recent decades, both in Argentina and in the rest of the world, there has been widespread and growing social demand for TCM”, prompting the World Health Organization to integrate these practices into national health systems.

The legislator later said that “there is a legal vacuum in Argentina regarding the regulation of TCM in an integrated way, as recommended by the WHO and the Latin American Parliament”, but clarified that “but in practice for several years some public and private hospitals (mostly from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires) complement their health services with certain TCM practices. (APFDigital)

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