DCs Still Being Imprisoned Worldwide
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

An article in the September 2014, issue of ACAnews titled Jailed: In Some Countries, DCs are Imprisoned reports that chiropractic continues to face the age-old battle of "practicing medicine without a license" worldwide.  The report states "Although international acceptance of chiropractic has improved dramatically over the past few decades, some nations still routinely harass, penalize and even imprison doctors of chiropractic for practicing."  Surprisingly, these are not emerging nations.  The two worst offenders are South Korea and Taiwan.

In the 1990s, the practice of chiropractic was unregulated and regarded as the illegal practice of medicine in the major European countries.  In some counties such as France, Italy and Spain where DCs were occasionally arrested or fined.  Now, many of these countries have laws that recognize and legalize chiropractic practice. The medical monopoly is being challenged by patients who want more alternatives for many of their healthcare needs.

"Today, formal legislative recognition land regulation of the practice of chiropractic exists in more than 50 countries.  In South Korea and Taiwan, however, the medical profession has great influence over government and has relentlessly lobbied to have chiropractic declared the illegal practice of medicine."

Much as has happened in Texas, "complaints to the authorities are coming from medical and oriental-medical trade organizations, not patients or the public."  "In South Korea, for example, most health care facilities, including hospitals, are privately owned by medical practitioners.  DCs are accused of practicing medicine without a license, simply because they provide a diagnosis/assessment and offer treatments. Basically, the medical and oriental-medical trade organizations in South Korea and Taiwan don't want to share the market with DCs."

Much as in Texas in South Korea "these negative forces are the Korean Medical Association (KMA), representing the medical profession 'chuna' (taken largely from chiropractic textbooks), as well as herbal remedies and acupuncture."  "The KMA and the OMDA have been report in chiropractors to the police since the first Korean chiropractor ... returned to South Korea from Palmer College in the early 1990's."  

"In Taiwan, substantial fines are levied against DCs who use the word 'chiropractic' or 'doctor of chiropractic' in their practice, or who engage in diagnosis, which is deemed a medical act under Taiwanese law."  "Taiwan Chiropractic Doctor's Society's former president ... was fined ... because his website was considered a medical advertisement by the health authorities.  I was banned from using words such as chiropractic, chiropractic doctor, pain, joint, spine, any treatment methods and modalities an any health-related terms at my website."  The view of the Taiwan health author its is "that it is illegal for chiropractic doctors to talk about chiropractic or call themselves a chiropractic doctor on the Internet."   

"I think it is important for our profession to know that these persecutions are still happening in 2014."  "We should be proud of the chiropractic pioneers in these countries who are risking much and working so hard."

It is primarily the state and national chiropractic associations that are working to stave off the assaults against chiropractic in this state, this country and in countries around the world.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Support your local, regional, and national  chiropractic association.  Without them your freedom of speech, your freedom to practice, your finances, and your livelihood WILL be under assault!