The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic
John’s recent post on the de-listing of chiropractic generated a lot of interest and comments from DCs, MDs and RMTs.
In the USA, Chiropractic has been included in several managed care programs, and a recent review of 70,274 member-months over a 7-year period within an IPA demonstrated:
- decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions,
- 59.0% less hospital days,
- 62.0% less outpatient surgeries and procedures, and
- 83% less pharmaceutical costs when patients were seen by a DC rather than an MD for the same complaint!
The authors concluded that:
The point is that Alberta, Canada may save some money that won’t be paid to the chiropractors, but inevitably will lose much more money in the long run.
The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Page contains many more prospective studies going back to 1985 that demonstrate the cost savings associated with chiropractic care.