Aetna is a large insurance company that provides benefits programs for many companies. Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini has publicly endorsed naturopathic care as primary care at the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ annual conference.
In his article on Mark Bertolini’s keynote speech, James Maskell, who is CEO of Revive Primary Care, states:
“Currently, naturopaths can operate as primary care physicians in only 17 states, but Aetna sees the value of the cost savings for prevention of chronic disease.”
Even though this information applies to the United States, with an endorsement like this, the effect will also be felt in Canada since Aetna has a Canadian subsidiary. I think this is a BIG deal, perhaps even the emergence of a tipping point that may result in broader access to integrated care and more primary care options on both sides of the border. Kudos to Aetna for taking this step.