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Health Policy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has posed significant challenges to healthcare policy in the West. It typically stands at the margins or outside of orthodoxy, as governments seek to put in place positive regulatory frameworks to maintain and/or advance the health of the public. This chapter highlights that both the nature and regulation of CAM can only be understood in the context of wider policies in particular societies (Saks, 2003). Focusing mainly on practitioners of CAM rather than its self-help use, it is illustrated primarily with reference to case studies in Britain and the United States, albeit within a wider international context.

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  • British Medical Association
  • Orthodox Medicine
  • East Asian Medicine
  • Lord Select Committee
  • Western European Context

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Saks, M. (2015). Health Policy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In: Kuhlmann, E., Blank, R.H., Bourgeault, I.L., Wendt, C. (eds) The Palgrave International Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137384935_30

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