Help Naturopathic Doctors get recognized in Wisconsin!
By Joanne Aponte, ND • January 1, 2020
Wisconsin ND’s are on the verge of gaining licensure in Wisconsin. Help us make this happen!!
NOW is the time to call your legislators and urge them to support bill LRB 5620 to license naturopathic doctors.
Click here to search your legislators: https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov Enter your home address in the search box.
Why do ND’s need to be licensed? Licensure will be a critical step so that Naturopathic Doctors can help serve patients better. Your naturopathic doctor needs to be licensed to be able to do the following things. Right now we can’t do any of these! We must first be licensed.
(1) Serve as your primary care doctor
(2) prescribe medication when you need it
(3) bill labs to your insurance to reduce your out of pocket costs
(4) put in a referral to a specialist when you need it
(5) Insurance companies and health savings plans are unlikely to reimburse you for the cost of an appointment until NDs are licensed.
As licensed practitioners, we will be able to better communicate and collaborate with your medical doctors. Licensure will also legitimize the title “Naturopathic Doctor”. Right now anyone (with or without training) can call themselves a naturopathic doctor
Thank for your willingness to support Wisconsin NDs. This call will be the first step in a long process. There will be many opportunities to support licensure for NDs in upcoming 2 years.
Below is the co-sponsorship memo and the bill.
Dr. Sarah Axtell, Dr. Joanne Aponte and Dr. Aidanne MacDonald-Milweski
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.