Chiropractic Wellness – Kind on the Body, Kind to the Soul, Kind on the Pocketbook Too!

It is not a new concept that chiropractic wellness can be highly cost effective as well as exceptionally good for our bodies. Taking this view from the flip side of the coin, it is also cost effective, because it’s so good for us and it actually works. However, let’s get down to brass tacks, or rather copper pennies and take a look at why this type of holistic healthcare principle is so cost effective. As far back as 1993, and even before the Virginia Chiropractic Association was funding studies to investigate the effects of chiropractic wellness in comparison to other specialties with regards to cost. Mandated insurance cover for this treatment was showing lowest average charge per visit across six different types of medical providers.

When the Virginia Chiropractic Association had studies conducted nationwide and the surveys were assessed, similar back related illnesses and conditions treated on chiropractic wellness principals as apposed to the other treatment methodologies, also proved more cost effective. This was seen to be especially prevalent in patients suffering from specific conditions such as arthritis, where treatment costs differed significantly. Patients with various lower back conditions, sprains and strains, dislocations and so on, also proved to be comparatively less costly. So, chiropractic wellness is not only good for your spine, it is good for your pocketbooks and your insurance company’s mandated cost factors too.

Statistically chiropractic costs were not much different than that of general practitioner treatment, but as is generally the case, specialist treatment after GP referral is always more expensive. So, while a case of bursitis might cost the same when it is sought with a general practitioner or chiropractor, it may well cost hundreds of dollars more when escalated in severity and treatment is sought from an internist or other physician.

By and large chiropractic wellness is prominently sought by patients with back ailments – not always, just more often. This then leaves us with the conclusion that overall it is a lower cost option, especially in the long term. Insurers do not insure this form of treatment to the same degree and while we may not agree with this principal, it sure helps keep the cost of these treatments affordable and available to many different types of patient.

Economic assessments of treatment protocols have very valid implications and considering the high cost of medical care today overall, it is rather strange to note that only certain states have mandated chiropractic services in terms of health insurance. At the time of the study there were 9-10 million current chiropractic patients in the population of the US, and this amount has more than doubled in the last few years. This has become a highly acceptable and agreeable form of medical treatment and not because of the cost factor only, but it is an holistic and very valid approach treatment, and more preferable alternative to costly and invasive surgeries or other less attractive options.

Essentially we are looking at a weight of evidence which shows is that chiropractic treatment does provide significant therapeutic benefits at highly economical costs. Even better is the fact that these benefits do not have a huge impact on the cost of health insurance, and therefore to not assist in inflating it out of control the way many other medical costs do.

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