The study demonstrates less use of medicine and significantly decreased medical costs with chiropractic care
Spectacular decreases in the utilization of medical services, and their resultant costs when Doctors of Chiropractic were primary care physicians.
A study over seven years followed members of an Independent Practice Association which permitted Doctors of Chiropractic as their first contact providers. The study covered over 70,000 member-months, demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59% hospital days, 62% outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85% pharmaceutical costs when compared with conventional medicine.
For us who have received regular chiropractic care, this is no surprise it decreases medical costs. We already know that Chiropractic patients who are adjusted regularly have less degenerative changes. These patients are also less prone to injury, enjoy more robust immune systems and seem to age better. This study confirms the benefits of chiropractic care versus medical care statistically. Chiropractic has helped open the door for many new individuals and organizations to enjoy the many benefits of chiropractic health care.
Interestingly, this study showed that these savings were across the board and not merely back and neck cases.
Saran RL, Winterstein J, Cameron JA: Clinical utilization add cost outcomes from an integrative medicine independent physician association. J Manipulative Physiol There. 2007 May;30(4):263-9