Insights West polls Canadians on alternative medicine

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Insights West has released results of a study, which found that 61 per cent of over 1,000 Canadian adults believe the country’s health care system should fund alternative remedies for patients who want to rely on them.

At the top of online survey were majorities of 63 and 60 per cent, which considered acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation as medicine. Support for all alternative care the highest among women, at 66 per cent, and curiously the 35 to 54 age group, at 68 per cent.

When it comes to traditional Chinese medicine, support drops to 52 per cent of Canadians. But the proportion jumped to 77 per cent among respondents of East Asian descent, raising some interesting questions about the impact on the health care system of future immigration.

One final curious survey result: Open to a variety of interpretations, rests with the highest geographical support for alternative medicine. The winner of that category was Alberta at 69 per cent.