The role of MyTexasDoctor.org is to provide an information source for Texans who prefer chiropractic care and to keep you updated on actions taking place in Austin that will affect your ability to choose your primary care doctors and your type of health care.
This Website will feature information on the Texas Medical Association’s lawsuit which could force many Doctors of Chiropractic out of business. This would make and make any remaining chiropractic care more expensive and more difficult to access. This site will help you communicate with the Texas Legislature.
Here’s what you can do now:
- Register on MyTexasDoctor.org so the Texas Chiropractic Association can keep you engaged in this legislative fight and provide you with opportunities to be heard on this issue.
- Sign an email today registering your concern with the Texas Legislature. By entering your name and address under the “Take Action Now!” tab, your state Representative and state Senator will be identified. You will then be able to email them about this issue.
Our aim is to give you every opportunity to communicate constructively with elected officials.
The freedom of choice for those in Texas who prefer chiropractic care is in jeopardy because of TMA’s lawsuit. A recent court ruling in the case partially took away the right of Doctors of Chiropractic to diagnose patients. TMA’s lawsuit threatens to take away even more of that right, which could all but eliminate your ability to seek chiropractic care.
The benefits and effectiveness of chiropractic care are long-standing and well documented. For example:
- Chiropractic is the nation’s third largest primary health care profession, surpassed in numbers only by practitioners of medicine and dentistry.
- Chiropractic is the largest and most regulated of the complementary and alternative health care professions.
- Chiropractic is a natural, conservative, medication-free, non-surgical form of health care renowned for its effectiveness and use of natural treatment methods.
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia officially recognize chiropractic as a primary health care profession.
- Educational requirements for Doctors of Chiropractic are among the most stringent of any health care profession, including 4,800 hours of in-classroom instruction, laboratory diagnosis and hands-on clinical experience.
- Compared to medical schools, chiropractic colleges require more courses for admission and more classroom hours for graduation.
- Doctors of Chiropractic must pass four levels of national board exams and a physical therapy exam to be eligible to take state board examinations.
- Extensive education and training prepares Doctors of Chiropractic to diagnose health problems, treat the problems when they are within in their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
- The majority of health insurance plans, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare and many other organizations include chiropractic in their coverage, which is a testament to chiropractic’s effectiveness and cost-savings.