NH postpones LD bill
One method for appeasing lobbyists is to postpone State Senate votes. Every time a required study delays a vote, more profits are accumulated by the Insurance companies and LD patients do not get properly treated. Postponed LD treatments can progress a patient to the chronic stage unnecessarily. If necessary, they should have passed the bill first and amended it afterwards when the research study was concluded .
Excerpted from SeaCoastOnline.COM ( Posted: 05/16/2010 )
The state Senate on May 12, in a 13-11 vote, amended the bill to instead establish a study committee to investigate alternative medical practices and protocols for Lyme disease and report back on its findings no later than June 30, 2011. Comprised of two members of the Senate and five members of the House, the committee will investigate ways to ensure patients have access to alternative, evidence-based treatment for Lyme disease, determine if medical practitioners in the state are prohibited or sanctioned in ways that would negatively impact the pursuit of their profession, and assess ways in which a range of treatment approaches or clinical studies are made available to those seeking Lyme disease treatment.
During that period, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine and New Hampshire Medical Society will not undertake disciplinary proceedings against or sanction physicians for offering a clinical diagnosis and/or treatment of long-term Lyme disease that goes against standard medical guidelines.
The New Hampshire Medical Society may not undertake disciplinary proceedings during this period, but, do you think doctors will practice freely during this time knowing that actions against them may prejudice them afterwards.
For the full article: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100516-NEWS-5160332