Wages & Outlook
Wage information is not available specifically for naturopathic physicians. However, they are part of the larger group of "All other health diagnosing and treating practitioners."
Earnings for naturopathic physicians vary according to the numbers of patients they see, how long they have practiced, and the location of their office. The physician's skill, personality, and professional reputation also affect wages.
Many naturopaths are self-employed. It may take several years to earn a profit. Self-employed physicians must provide their own insurance. Naturopaths who work in a group practice may receive benefits such as paid vacation and health insurance.
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About 40 percent of "health diagnosing and treating practitioners" are self-employed.
- Private group practices
Natural approaches to health are gaining public acceptance and interest. This is especially true in states where naturopathic physicians must meet licensing requirements.
The outlook depends on the public's interest in holistic, preventive medicine. It also depends on the acceptance by insurance companies of holistic medicine. Insurance companies are beginning to cover alternative medical practices. This is because preventive medicine saves money. As people learn to rely upon healthy lifestyles and prevention, demand for naturopathic care increases.
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