Well­ness Arti­cles

Busi­ness Pub­li­ca­tion Picks Up on Chi­ro­prac­tic Cost Sav­ings

From the Nov. 22, 2004 Busi­ness Wire comes another in the long line of reports on a major study that has now shown that when chi­ro­prac­tic care is included in a health care plan, it reduces the cost of health­care for those in the plan. The orig­i­nal study, pub­lished in the Octo­ber 11th, 2004 issue of the Archives of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, was a 4 year review com­par­ing more than 700 000 health plan mem­bers with an addi­tional chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age ben­e­fit and 1 mil­lion mem­bers of the same health plan with­out the chi­ro­prac­tic benefit.

The results of the study showed that mem­bers in the health plan with chi­ro­prac­tic insur­ance cov­er­age, had lower annual total health care expen­di­tures ($1463 vs. $1671 per mem­ber per year) com­pared with those with­out chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age. The study also noted that hav­ing chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age was asso­ci­ated with a 1.6% decrease in total annual health care costs at the health plan level.

The study and report also showed ben­e­fits in terms of uti­liza­tion of health care ser­vices. For exam­ple the study noted that back pain patients with chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age, com­pared with those with­out cov­er­age, had lower uti­liza­tion (per 1000 episodes) of plain film x-​rays. Addi­tion­ally, the aver­age cost of a back pain episode in related costs was $289 for those in the plan with chi­ro­prac­tic com­pared to $399 for those in the plan with­out chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age. The total sav­ings to the health plan was esti­mated at $208 per mem­ber per year.

This lat­est report in Busi­ness Wire shows that the world of big busi­ness is attempt­ing to reduce the cost of health care ser­vices and have begun to find that includ­ing chi­ro­prac­tic may pro­vide a viable solu­tion. The study was con­ducted by Health Bench­marks, a lead­ing health care out­comes research orga­ni­za­tion that spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing com­plex sources of health care data to pro­vide cus­tomized solu­tions that pro­mote qual­ity and value in health care.

Anto­nio P. Legor­reta, M.D., M.P.H., Pres­i­dent and CEO, Health Bench­marks Inc, summed this up by stat­ing, “The results of our study indi­cate that the addi­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic cov­er­age reduces over­all health care expen­di­tures.” Dr. R. Dou­glas Metz, a co-​author of the study noted,“Systematic access to man­aged chi­ro­prac­tic care not only may reduce over­all health care costs but also may prove to be clin­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial.” Dr. Metz went on to say, “these find­ings impact health care providers and payers.”

Drs. Ness and Nisly wrote an accom­pa­ny­ing edi­to­r­ial in the same issue of the Archives. In it they stated, One of the study’s great­est strengths clearly lies in the sheer mag­ni­tude of the sam­ple inves­ti­gated, result­ing, to my knowl­edge, in one of the largest analy­ses ever per­formed on the eco­nomic impact of chiropractic.”

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The above is the essence of a release from the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (ACA). It was in response to a report titled,

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