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Alternative Medicine and the Economics

September 15, 1997

I would like to comment on your article on alternative treatments ("Hospitals Like the Alternative," Sept. 8, by Shari Roan).

Overlooked was economics. The traditional medical profession is being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century because they realize they are losing money to "nontraditional treatments." When the insurance companies start to realize that alternative treatments are less costly and more effective, we will see a true revolution in health care.

I am on Medicare and took a Medigap policy strictly as insurance. However, I have not taken a prescription drug in 30 years and have no intention of ever taking one. I seek alternative treatment when necessary, which is generally not covered by Medicare. I know I am not alone and would like to know how people like myself should deal with this situation. There are insurers now offering alternative health care but not for Medicare patients.

WILLIAM ASH

Santa Monica

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