Many non-traditional medical practitioners are confronted with substantial restrictions when advertising, marketing, and practicing non-traditional forms of medicine. In recent years, there has been a community push towards a more holistic approach to medical practice. People are no longer looking for prescription drugs. Instead, many are seeking therapies and treatments that are outside of mainstream medicine. Even though people desire to seek non-traditional forms of healthcare, state policies and federal law enforcement agencies have stepped in to regulate these practices.
The Federal government and states have an inherent “police power” to promote public safety, health, morals, public convenience, and general prosperity. Courts have held that physicians are directly involved with personal and public health matters more than any other profession. For that reason, more intrusive regulations are justified, and medical licensing laws can be strict.
Regulation of medical practice through state licensing laws is a common pathway to controlling the medical aspects of patient care. However, the 1st and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and their equivalent protections afforded by your own state can offer a solution to the non-traditional practice of medicine. It can provide you with the right to associate with fellow members under a Private Medical Membership Association, or PMA. A Private Medical Membership Association can provide benefits without strict oversight from state and federal agencies.
There are several benefits of operating under a Private Medical Membership Association (PMA). These include:
- The ability to practice alternative medicine without fear of discrimination or sanctions;
- Reduced risk of malpractice lawsuits;
- Eliminating illegal investigations and sanctions by a medical licensing board;
- The ability to practice medicine without strict compliance with state and federal laws.
To take advantage of a Private Medical Membership Association, it’s essential to ensure that you fall under one of the four categories. These include:
- Unlicensed medical practitioners and medical researchers,
- Licensed practitioners under attack for alternative medicine,
- Former licensed practitioners, and
- Licensed or unlicensed medical practitioners with a need to operate in at least two of the 50 states.