Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Inclu­sion in Man­aged Care Plans Saves Money

A four-​year study con­ducted by researchers from Amer­i­can Spe­cialty Health and Health Bench­marks, Inc showed that when chi­ro­prac­tic care is included in man­aged care plans, those plans actu­ally save money. These results were reported in papers pre­sented at the Research Agenda Con­fer­ence held in March 2003. The basis of the study was to see whether chi­ro­prac­tic care is used as a sub­sti­tute for med­ical care or as an add-​on care in health plans that included chiropractic.

Recently there have been numer­ous dis­cus­sions in var­i­ous US state and fed­eral gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies about how to cut costs in health care. Faced with bud­get deficits, there have been those who sug­gested that cut­ting chi­ro­prac­tic care out of cov­er­age would be a way to save money. The results of this study shows that removal of chi­ro­prac­tic care from health plans would actu­ally increase the cost of care for peo­ple in the plan.

The study reviewed the health care uti­liza­tion of 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple enrolled in a Cal­i­for­nia managed-​care plan. In this group approx­i­mately 1 mil­lion peo­ple had chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age and 700,000 did not have any chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age. The results showed that the total health care costs for peo­ple in the plans with chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age was 12% lower than those with­out chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age. Addi­tion­ally, all health plan mem­bers who were treated for mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions, total health care costs were 13% lower among those with chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age com­pared to those with­out. The cost of treat­ing peo­ple with low back pain was 28% lower in the group with chi­ro­prac­tic coverage.

The con­clu­sions of the study showed that many peo­ple sub­sti­tuted less expen­sive chi­ro­prac­tic care for more expen­sive med­ical care. This resulted in a decreased use of high cost pro­ce­dures. The result was that the inclu­sion of chi­ro­prac­tic care as a ben­e­fit in a man­aged health care plan resulted in a reduc­tion in the over­all uti­liza­tion of health care resources, and a decrease in over­all cost. This means that any sug­ges­tions of sav­ing costs by elim­i­nat­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care from health care plans is wrong, as elim­i­nat­ing chi­ro­prac­tic would actu­ally cause an over­all increase in the costs for healthcare.

Ran­dom Article

On Sep­tem­ber 18, 1895 the first chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment was given by Dr. DD Palmer, a mag­netic healer of the time, to Har­vey Lillard.

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