Well­ness Arti­cles

Health Plans Include Chi­ro­prac­tic & Alter­na­tives

More insur­ance plans and com­pa­nies are includ­ing what they call “com­ple­men­tary health­care” into their plans. One such agree­ment comes from Paci­fi­Care sign­ing an agree­ment with Com­ple­men­tary Health­care Plans to offer chi­ro­prac­tic and other non-​medical types of care to their pol­icy holders.

Con­sumers also rate plans which include com­ple­men­tary pro­ce­dures as high in sat­is­fac­tion lev­els. Land­mark Health­care ser­vices sur­veyed their mem­bers in 1998 and found that 87% gave a pos­i­tive rat­ing for their chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices. Of these 72% said that they were very, or com­pletely sat­is­fied. More com­pa­nies such as Land­mark are offer­ing chi­ro­prac­tic ser­vices as part of their health plans. This move­ment fol­lows the con­sumer trends reported in the Har­vard Med­ical School study which showed an increase of over 200 mil­lion vis­its to “alter­na­tive” health­care providers from 1990 to 1997. In the same time frame there was a 2 mil­lion visit decrease in vis­its to med­ical practitioners.

This con­firms that insur­ance com­pa­nies are fol­low­ing the lead of con­sumers who are seek­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care in record numbers.

Chi­ro­prac­tic Viewed As Main­stream by Many HMOs and the Public

Land­mark Health­care, Inc., one of the nations largest HMOs has pub­lished two stud­ies on what they termed “alter­na­tive care”. The first study dealt with the pub­lic per­cep­tion and usage of health care while the sec­ond study was a sur­vey of 114 HMO’s exec­u­tives from across the US.

The results of the pub­lic sur­vey showed some inter­est­ing trends. Of the 1500 peo­ple sur­veyed, 42% said that they had used “alter­na­tive care” in the past year. Of the many dif­fer­ent things that the study listed under alter­na­tive, chi­ro­prac­tic was the num­ber one pro­fes­sion with usage by 16% of the respon­dents. What was also inter­est­ing was the effect using alter­na­tives had on med­ical care. Although the study did not break down what type alter­na­tive care resulted in med­ical care changes, the results showed that 30% of those using alter­na­tive care had a decrease in vis­its to med­ical doc­tors while only 3% had an increase in med­ical vis­its. In this study 67% stated that alter­na­tive care was impor­tant in select­ing a health plan. When asked if their opin­ion has changed about alter­na­tive care in the past five years 40% said their opin­ion had become more pos­i­tive while only 2% said it was more negative.

In the sur­vey of 114 senior HMO exec­u­tives, the trends of accep­tance and usage con­tin­ued. Accord­ing to this sur­vey, two-​thirds of all HMOs offered chi­ro­prac­tic care for an aver­age of five to six years. Chi­ro­prac­tic was by more than dou­ble the largest “alter­na­tive” offered in HMO plans. But what was prob­a­bly most telling was that a full 43% did not even con­sider chi­ro­prac­tic as an alter­na­tive, view­ing it rather as a non-​medical main stream form of health care.

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