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Published in: Vol. 5, No. 4
Category: Commentaries

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Timothy Gorski


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White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy: A Membership Directory

ON MARCH 7, 2000, PRESIDENT CLINTON announced the creation of a White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP). Executive Order 13147 called for a commission of no more than 15 members who “shall provide a report, through the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the President on legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of complementary and alternative medicine.” Mr Clinton subsequently appointed a chairman and 13 other members of the commission and, on September 15, 2000, amended the original order to allow up to 20 members. The commission’s report is due in March 2002. Observers expect that it will recommend increased federal and other spending on methods based on ideological rather than scientific principles. The commission is also expected to emphasize educating professionals and the public in perceived benefits of aberrant, ineffective methods.

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