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Are Paramedicals stripped down Wellness?

Published by Richard Fedele in Opinion Blog · 17/7/2015 14:49:18
Tags: ParamedicalsandWellness


Richard Fedele

Founder/President
Lifestyle Wellness Benefits Inc.

Are Paramedicals Stripped Down Wellness?


What are paramedicals?

You may recognize the services included in a health benefits plan such as massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, and others.  "Non-essential services" such as these, are grouped together in a section of the health benefit plan called para-medicals.

These services are considered para to the medical because they are not considered by western medicine as having any legitimate place in health care.

It is important to note that wellness services have, for thousands of years, been considered the primary means to good health and improved quality of life.  To the wellness industry, western medicine in its reactive based systems are only useful in catastrophic care, when it’s too late.  Western medicine is Para-Wellness, utilized because of its political pull, fear based marketing and main stream popularity.

Western medicine


Western medicine has evolved to become front line care in a reactive system that treats the symptoms of illness, thus pushing people through, utilizing an assembly line mentality.  This was necessary in North American health care to increase profits and streamline care to create the ideal environment for research and development of synthetic medicines that can be easily produced and distributed to the masses.  In theory, this would be effective were it not synthetic medicine that benefitted from development dollars.

Pharmaceutical medicine

Pharmaceuticals are at the apex of their development in western medicine.  Pharmaceuticals now have the dollars to reinvest, the employment numbers to help the economy and the pull to help guide legislation. Whether a country allows lobbying or not, their influence is still very strong.  Like the many industries before, this influence will not last forever.

Amidst the recent changes in public opinion, pharmaceuticals have utilized the same pattern of changing wellness services, which are proactive and preventative in nature, to a reactive system that increased stress, anxiety and the sense of entitlement.

Paramedicals are the success story for the pharmaceutical industry.  With political and corporate influence, a medical doctor may not, under any circumstance, recommend a treatment to their patients without considering a pharmaceutical remedy first.  In fact, a doctor can lose their license to practice if they are found engaging in such practices of health before synthetic remedies.  This is because the pharmaceuticals managed to convince politicians, scholars, insurers and the general population that the first line of defense for illness is utilizing methods that have gone through their system of checks and balances.  As synthetic medicine, or drugs, go through this qualification process, they are the only "safe" option.

Since the side effects that synthetic medicines create are so dangerous to life, a system of prescribing was created to avoid the obvious liability the pharmaceuticals might be subject to.  Using the various methods of creating exemptions from fault to shield them, pharmaceuticals are free to create illness as medication is developed.  A great example of this is attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

Controlling the effects of wellness

Paramedicals are the one successful way that the positive effects of wellness are controlled.  This is done many ways which seem benign but remain the most effective means of control:

  • Controlled plan design

  • Defined care

  • Restrictions

  • Regulation of disciplines through legislation


Many wellness disciplines may for a time be included in government initiatives to offer these services to special groups such as elders or children.  This occurs when the need for specialized care arises and the government takes action.

In group insurance contracts, the available services are governed by a system of registration within the health professions legislation of a Province, State or Country.  The structure of regulations and restrictions is influenced by the dominant industry in health care and utilized by Insurance Companies to create a corporate group contract that is favorable to their customers.  The standard reason for utilizing government registered service providers is the tax advantage it creates for the customer.

Paramedicals are such services that are allowed to be included in a corporate group health plan whereby a tax advantage for the company is created.

Controlling the effectiveness

Paramedicals are grouped within their own section of a group health plan.  The plan design is standard with the following elements:

  • Annual cap per paramedical service.

  • Per appointment cap for various services.

  • Limited to services that are registered with the local government.

  • Utilize a co-pay of 70% to 100% of available benefits.


These plan design restrictions appear to be benign enough.  You may say, at least we have access to these services.  You will be correct.  The challenges faced by employees using the benefits and corporations paying the bill to include them are related to the fact that paramedicals, under a group health plan are expected to be used as a reactive benefit.  In other words, only use them when you need them.  

Then the question becomes, when will employees actually need paramedical services?  If the medical doctor and pharmaceutical care are the first line of defense for all illnesses, what’s the point of having paramedicals? If a person is stressed to the point of being non-productive, do they see a massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, or do they visit their doctor for some anti-stress drugs such as anti-anxiety medication, sleeping aids, anti-depressants or anti-psychotics?

Stress, the example I chose to utilize, is generally a result of our environment.  Why poison ourselves with synthetic medicine?  Why add disease onto a condition?  The point here is that understanding the myriad of options a person has to relieve day to day stress will prevent the condition from presenting on a regular basis.  Paramedical as a wellness service would be infinite times more beneficial to reducing costs and improving productivity for any corporation.  As a reactive care service, paramedicals become as useless as western medicine is for non-catastrophic care.

This applies to almost every possible condition or illness that we know of.  Paramedicals are not the only disciplines in wellness; they are just the ones that have been given approval through registration.  Education and proper utilization of all wellness disciplines in a proactive and preventative manner will make most health issues, except catastrophic ones, a thing of the past.

In the end, governmental registration of a wellness discipline, with pharmaceuticals being the biggest influencers, strips the discipline of their intended purpose and turns them into reactive based care that no longer works towards it’s intended purpose.