Québec Ordre Works With Chiropractic in France

December 04, 2008
Nov. 24, Paris, France – Dr. Andre-Marie Gonthier, president of the Ordre des Chiropraticiens du Québec, discussed regulation and recognition of chiropractic, as well as working within health systems, in an interview, today, broadcasted from Paris by “Radio France Internationale
Also participating in the interview were Dr. Phillipe Fleuriau DC, president of L’Association Française de Chiropratique and Dr. Roland Noirat, DC, president of the Fédération international de Chiropratique du Sport, (FICS),from Switzerland.

During the interview, Dr. Fleuriau discussed that, in France, chiropractic has been recognized since 2002, but is not yet regulated.  The interview focused on discussing how chiropractic has become integrated within health systems in Quebec and in Switzerland. 

After inviting Dr. Fleuriau to define chiropractic and discuss its benefits, as well as what to expect when visiting a chiropractor and how chiropractors are educated, interviewer Claire Hédon turned to Gonthier – who participated from Quebec via telephone – and engaged him in an outline of the process for recognition undergone by the profession in Quebec. Gonthier described the integration of chiropractic into the Quebec health system as having been effected within the changing landscape of that province’s health care for the past 15 years. 

Gonthier pointed out that, in order to have been accepted by their colleagues in health care, chiropractors have had to follow a course of “collaboration versus confrontation” with the other disciplines.  Furthermore, he noted, the recognition of chiropractic in the province, and the opportunity to work within the health care system, has resulted in great advances within the profession.  

Now, Gonthier and the Ordre in Quebec, are happy to be engaged in helping the profession in France to reach the caliber of regulation required to bring chiropractic forward in that country as well. 

Dr. Noirat, pointed out that, in Switzerland, chiropractic is also well integrated into the health system, noting that family physicians will not hesitate to refer their patients to chiropractic, if they feel that it is necessary.  When asked about chiropractic for athletes, Noirat noted that it can prevent injury, as well help in achieving optimal performance. 

Dr. Fleuriau concluded the interview by discussing the current landscape of chiropractic in France and the work his association is involved in, with the French government, to enhance regulation and role of the profession, in health care, in that country. 

To hear the radio broadcast in its entirety, please go to http://www.ordredeschiropraticiens.qc.ca/actualites_sante.php?s=presse

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