Study Demonstrates Clearly Less Use Of Medicine And Significant Decreased Costs With Chiropractic Care
Spectacular decreases in the utilisation of medical services and their resultant costs were observed when Doctors of Chiropractic were used as primary care physicians.
A study over a seven-year period followed members of an Independent Practice Association which permitted Doctors of Chiropractic to be selected as their first contact providers, and based on over 70,000 member-months, demonstrated decreases of 60.2 percent in hospital admissions, 59 percent hospital days, 62 percent outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85 percent pharmaceutical costs when compared with conventional medicine.
For those of us who have been involved with Chiropractic for years this came as no surprise. We already know that Chiropractic patients who are adjusted regularly, generally have less degenerative changes, are less prone to injury, enjoy more robust immune systems and seem to age better. This study did however, confirm statistically the benefits of chiropractic care versus medical care and it has helped open the door for many new individuals and organisations 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