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Opening the Door to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Self-Regulation in Ontario
Law and Policy. Volume 24, Number 2 (2002), p. 149-174.
  • Joan M. Gilmour, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
  • Merrijoy Kelner
  • Beverly Wellman
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This paper examines the steps that three complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) groups - naturopaths, acupuncturists/traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and homeopaths - are taking to achieve statutory self-regulation in the province of Ontario. The regulatory framework created by the Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991 is outlined, and the differing approaches taken by each of the three groups to gain inclusion under its umbrella are compared and contrasted. The paper assesses the influence of current regulatory and socio-political environments, and queries the extent to which the paradigms of health and health care of these different groups can be accommodated in a regulatory regime heavily reliant on the conventional medical model.

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Gilmour, Joan M., Merrijoy Kelner, and Beverly Wellman. "Opening the Door to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Self-Regulation in Ontario." Law and Policy 24.2 (2002): 149-174.