The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 2, 1998 · Page 6
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THURSDAY. APRIL 2, 1998 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T CHIROPRACTORS Battle of medical doctors, chiropractors continues Your Total News Source the Salina Journal DESIGNS by % tfU Stem I/ Aifc*.._ /-"• Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30 O i-r ccoi Sat. 8-4 827-5581 528 Kenwood Park Drive, Salina. KS- Legislature fails to settle <' debate of chiropractors' "Our education is in use of the physician title diagnosis and treatment By all standards, we should be designated as physicians." By CRIST1NA JANNEY 77;V Salina fournal 'What's in a name? The Kansas Legislature has been trying to sort that out for two years in a battle between medical doctors and chiropractors over the title of physician. Chiropractors want the legal right to call themselves chiroprac- fib physicians, but medical doctors say only they have the training to be called physicians and use of the title by others could confuse patients. Mark Luce, Salina chiropractor, said chiropractors receive extensive schooling in their craft and take many of the same basic courses in college as medical doctors. • '"Our education is in diagnosis and treatment. By all standards, we should be designated as physicians," Luce said. ; ;Chiropractors go to four years of college and four years of chiropractic school and must pass state and national board exams. (They have clinic training and tiike courses, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry and orthopedics. Medical doctors go to college for four years and medical school for four years. They then serve three la five years of residency training. Their speciality determines the length of their residency, according to the University Kansas Medical School. Medical doctors also have to pass exams at the end of the residencies to be board certified. Milo Sloo, orthopedic surgeon, said he thought chiropractors had a right to deliver their services, but those chiropractors who use the title physician are misrepre- sQnting themselves. If WORKSHOP Mark Luce Salina chiropractor People could see the title physician and think they were being treated by a medical doctor, he said. "This is just another situation where somebody wants to call themselves something they aren't for financial gain," Sloo said. "Crooks do it, too. They misrepresent themselves to the public to make a profit. It is just not right." Sloo said chiropractors want the title as a means of bringing in more patients and making more money. Luce said the desire for the title is a matter of respect and not money. Chiropractors have been reimbursed for years by Medicare and insurance companies, and his office is full daily, he said. "This is not a big deal. It is not going to cost any money. We simply want to end the constant bickering back and forth," he said. "It has never been shown that people ended up in the wrong office." The Legislature got into the act during the 1997 session. The House passed a measure that would legally allow chiropractors to call themselves chiropractic physicians. The measure was held over until this session in conference committee, and an attempt was made in the Senate to bring the measure out of conference committee March 12. The attempt failed on a vote of 18-21. During the first attempt to get a vote, 10 senators "passed" or refused to vote on the action. With a contingent of chiropractors watching from the gallery, a rarely used procedure was invoked in which no one is allowed to leave the chamber until everyone registers either a yes or no vote. A group of Salina chiropractors alleged in a letter to the editor Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina, refused to vote initially on the action. Vidricksen said he did not pass on the vote to bring the bill out of committee. He said he did not support the bill and simply voted no. Vidricksen said the issue was a classic turf battle that had been given to the Legislature to settle. He said he thought both sides had prejudices so he decided to ask his constituents what they thought on the issue. He asked his friends, people at the grocery store and members of the chamber of commerce what they thought of chiropractors being called physicians. The people he spoke to overwhelming said they did not think of chiropractors as physicians, Vidricksen said. The Legislature's failure to legally settle the debate is unlikely to have any immediate effects. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts in 1992 passed a resolution that approved the use of term chiropractic physician, but that action has no force of law. No criminal or disciplinary action has been taken against a chiropractor in Kansas for using the physician title, Mark Stafford, board general counsel, said. He said he also did not know of any reports of patients being confused by the use of the term physician by a chiropractor. Luce, who calls himself doctor of chiropractic, said the bottom line is that he can help people. "People come here because what I do works for people," he said. Workshop will focus on the family Salina groups sponsor psychologist in sessions on strengthening families By The Journal Staff Mary Pipher, author and psychologist, will conduct a work£hop April 17 in Salina on strengthening families. She is the author of "Reviving Ophelia: Sav- irig the Selves of Adolescent Girls." "I'm interested in what we can do as adults to help develop stronger families," Pipher said in a telephone interview from her home in Lincoln, Neb. "One of the things I believe is that each family can't take care of themselves. The way it works is everybody takes care of everybody else, building community." 1 i If that sounds like the theme of •Hillary Clinton's book, "It Takes a -Village," it is no coincidence. 1 '"Hillary got the title from 'Reviving Ophelia,' " Pipher said. "I p§ed that phrase in the book." " Cipher's appearance in Salina, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bicentennial Center, is sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church's Family Hope Center. Other sponsors are the Central Kansas Mental Health Center, the Grace & Dean Evans Memorial Lecture Fund, Child Abuse Prevention Services and Salina Charities jLeague. ' -The cost is $85 for people wanti- ;hg continuing education credits ;and $35 for others. Registration ^deadline is April 10. (Families and social trends } She is scheduled to discuss how gocial trends and technology are .eroding family structure, and to (offer solutions. •• Violence is a large problem, she jsaid. , "Kids are just surrounded by vi- )olence. Generally the culture that ( kids are raised in produces a lot of Violence, homicides and suicides jand accidental deaths." / She declined to discuss specifically the fatal shootings last week fiijT Jonesboro, Ark. She said she seven turned down an invitation to appear on the "Today" show to Jtalk about the tragedy, saying she didn't have many facts surround- jing the incident. ; '"I have a policy not to speculate /oh things I know nothing about," jshe said. .; "One problem we have as a cul- kure is that kids don't know a lot of adults. They aren't connected the jway they used to be," she said. » Adults have a "civilizing" effect Jon children. Absent an extended jfamily or close-knit neighbor- mood, children receive their civilizing from television and other Pipher said it's important for parents to monitor and control what their children are exposed to. "They have to make good decisions about what to protect their children from, and they need to make good decisions what to connect their children to." Stressing volunteer work She also stresses volunteerism. "I'm big on volunteer work. (Children) are in touch with older people. Kids benefit from being in contact with older people." The experience shows them there is a giving side to life, not Advertisement HEARING TESTS SET FOR SALINA SALINA - Electronic hearing tests will be given at the Beltone Hearing Aid Service office from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday and Friday, April 2 & 3. A factory-trained Hearing Aid Specialist will be at our office at 234 South Santa Fe, Salina to perform the tests. Anyone who has trouble hearing is welcome to have a test using our modern electronic equipment to determine if his loss is one which may be helped. Some of the causes of hearing loss will be explained and diagrams of how the ear works will be shown. Everyone should have a hearing test a least once a year if there is any trouble at all hearing clearly. Even people now wearing a hearing aid or those who have been told nothing could be done for them should have a hearing test and find out whether the modern method of hearing correction can help them hear better. The free hearing test will be given Thursday and Friday at 234 South Santa Fe, Salina. Call for an appointment to avoid waiting. If you can't get there during our scheduled times, call (785) 827-8911 and arrange f9r an appointment at another time. In-home testing is available. HEARING AID SERVICE Better Hearing Through Professional Care 234 S. Santa Fe 1-800-448-0215 or 827-8911 just consumption. The Family Hope Center attempts to bring in well-known presenters for its annual workshop series. "We're always looking for ways to meet the needs of the community," said Mary Ellen Evans, director of the center. 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