Bill Text: IL Senate Bill 1843 – 97th General Assembly
A bill, proposed in Illinois state legislature, attempts to remove the “chiropractors may not prescribe drugs or do surgery” provision from their state law.
This would be a logical step in changing the legislature in such a way to open the door for future introduction of drug prescription rights for chiropractors practicing in Illinois.
Here is the proposed bill currently being debated as of Friday, May 20, 2011.
IL Senate Bill 1843
The second picture shows, in red, the proposed “minor” change.
Rather than go for drug prescription rights in one legislative bill, this apparently “minor” change simply removes the “drug and surgery free” legal language associated with chiropractic. Nothing in the bill states chiropractors can prescribe drugs.
So, there you have it doctor. Do we prescribe drugs and do surgery, as some in our profession would have us? Or do we make a stand against drugs and surgery in the profession?
What can you do?
If you are a chiropractor in the state of Illinois, give your state senate representative a call TODAY, and voice your view.
If you do not practice in Illinois, I do not know any reason why you cannot contact the Illinois state representatives to voice your same concerns. This is a country of free speech, right?
The New Mexico prescription drug bill HR 127 was defeated in March. But, this bill may be harder to defeat as it already has 56 Yea’s and 0 Nay’s.
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I do not profess to speak for the entire profession, as there are some who agree with a scope of practice to include drugs and surgery. My view is no secret, but feel free to voice your opinion below in the comments. As long as the comments are civil I will post them
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