Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Drs Druss and Rosenheck1 correctly point out that "complementary" and "alternative"
are not synonymous; they are, in fact, mutually exclusive. Because most users
of unconventional care also obtain conventional treatment, resulting in higher
overall health care use, the authors conclude that "complementary" is the
more appropriate term. Refuting the notion that access to unconventional care
might reduce total use, this article delivers a warning to third-party payers
considering reimbursement for such practices.
Katz DL. Conventional Medical Care and Unconventional Therapies. JAMA. 2000;283(1):56-57. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-1-jbk0500