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In his article entitled Hocus Pocus Hospitals, published in the Sun e paper, 2006, Radzuan Halim discusses the issue of whether the alternative medicine should be allowed to be practiced in government hospitals.

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Critical Thinking and Reading Skill 061 Hocus Pocus Hospitals In his article entitled "Hocus Pocus Hospitals", published in the Sun e paper, 2006, Radzuan Halim discusses the issue of whether the alternative medicine should be allowed to be practiced in government hospitals. First and foremost, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek who is western doctor gives explanation that there is no regard for hocus pocus or peculiar rituals but "suitable" components of alternative medicine from government. These include "safe" herbal products, physical therapy (as for stroke victims), oncology (cancer cures) and benefits like pain management, mental health, wellness management and wholesome healing. Chua took it as proven that acupuncture, reflexology and postnatal massage were effective medical procedures. Then, he said that he had taken up the matter with a friend who is a foreign-trained surgeon. His friend objected to the use of "alternative" or "complementary" to describe non-western medicine. He emphasized the "evidentiary" aspect of western medicine. ...read more.


Western medicine has been going through all of this to prove its effort but alternative medicine is not. As there are alternative therapies likewise faith healers, dispenser of holy water and magic mushroom which are so-called quacks are definitely can not be justified through doing any scientific methodology. It is because they are not based upon clinical trials and proven practices but invisible or spooky power. What we need is the clear evidence. Furthermore, the procedures or treatment of alternative medicine are opaque. All that we can see from its procedures are just intangible and unscientific tricks. On the other way, it can be defined as quackery such as faith healers, dispenser of holy water and magic mushroom. Besides, there is a survey which is surveyed among American, conducted for American Demographics by market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch has found that the most popular alternative therapy is "faith healing" (Fetto, 2001). It also known as prayer which is referred to healing supernaturally, as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other traditional remedy. ...read more.


Indeed, hospital services are divided into many departments likewise cancer center, pharmacy, pathology, radiation therapy and many more. So, how do those services can undergo within a hospital smoothly and efficiently everyday while there are many services are dissimilar have to endure? For the result, that there must be the most complex and tough system to control them. Therefore, let us imagine that if alternative medicine is being introduced in government hospitals, it would be a mess-up and will simply break the actual system. And, not only can that break the system, it also would lead difficulty to government. As given the level of economic situation these days, government cannot afford to provide the equipment of hospital. Since the best procedures, skills, medicines and facility that needed to be used in hospital are surely high cost (Halim, 2006). In conclusion, I really support the writer's viewpoint. He summed up the government should not seek to introduce alternative medicine in its public hospitals. For the reason that alternative medicine is not evidence-based, its treatment or procedures are not transparent and even creates hospital administration problem as well. 1 ...read more.

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