The cost benefits of chiropractic
We all know that when you see a chiropractor you feel better, right!!! But did you know of
the benefits to your pocket?
A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physio therapy in 2007 compared patients with a
medical doctor as their primary care physician (PCP) to patients with a chiropractor as a PCP
and analysed them for clinical utilization, cost offsets and member satisfaction. 70,274
member-months were examined and patients using a chiropractor yielded the following
results (as compared to patients using a medical doctor as a PCP).
60.2% decreased in-hospital admissions
59% decreased hospital days
62% decreased outpatient surgeries and procedures
85% decreased pharmaceutical costs
The deceases in these areas mean a decrease in your out-of-pockets expenses, how many
days off work would have all this taken if you needed surgeries or time in the hospital. Some
people get sick pay, but most are on statutory which doesn’t pay much, especially expensive
if you are self-employed. The data also showed that there were significant less drugs
prescribed which means more healthier people.
Some other interesting facts about chiropractic:
Chiropractic techniques are 40% for effective than medical care when treating lower back pain.
Chiropractic care has a lower injury rate than general primary care.
46% of patients that visit a chiropractor go due to lower back pain.
The most common age to see a chiropractor is between the ages of 45-64 years old.
There are more than 100 chiropractors registered worldwide.
Chiropractic care has significantly lower injury rate than general primary care for patients over 66.
Not only is chiropractic more cost benefit but the outcomes are significantly better and
more effective. So, let me ask you this, not can I afford chiropractic but how can you not
- Dr Camilla DC
1. Clinical Utilisation and Cost Outcomes From an Integrative Medicine Independent
Physician Association: An Additional 3-Year Update. Journal of Manip and Physio
Therapy. May 2007.