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Cost effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

A 7 year study concluded that Chiropractic Care and intervention can be cost effective in over all health costs for a patient (Richard L. Sarnat, MD,a James Winterstein, DC,b and Jerrilyn A. Cambron, DC, PhDc). The study was conducted on more than 45,000 self enrolled patients. Patients with different conditions and bodily pain undergo chiropractic treatments. Over the course of 7 years, patients were asked to answer how satisfied they were on the chiropractic care and treatment they received. The study was conducted from 1999 to 2002 and continued until 2004.

Almost 60 percent of the patients who received chiropractic care treatments did not require referrals to other doctors to treat their conditions. Chiropractic care sufficed as the right intervention for their ailments. The statistics also showed dramatically reduced costs on an individual’s treatment. Here are the results:

  •  43% of patients showed reduction on in-hospital admissions
  • 58.4% hospital days were also reduced
  • 43.2% outpatient surgeries and procedures were prevented
  • 51.8% cut on pharmaceutical costs

The study also suggests that although chiropractic care can be considered as effective treatment for some ailments, proper evaluation must be done before any treatment takes place. Limitations on the study were also pointed out, since the question asked to the patients were subjective, no verifiable medical records can be used to evaluate chiropractic care’s efficacy on all ailments. Although this is true, the study still acknowledges that chiropractic care services can be cost effective for the right ailments and bodily pain.


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