Health care costs in the United States continue to rise. In the current economic and political climate, one of the most important arguments to be made for any health care method is that it is cost-effective.
It’s a common thought – Why should you see a doctor, a chiropractor, etc., when “I feel fine!” OR “I’m in the best shape of my life!” is honestly how you feel. WHY spend money? Your body wellness is best addressed with a benefit motivated focus. Here’s why…
An important 2010 study evaluated low back pain care for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s intermediate and large group fully insured population over a two-year period. The 85,000 BCBS subscribers in the insured study population with open access to MD’s and DC’s through self-referral. There were no limits to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Thus, this study reflects what happens when chiropractic and medical services compete on a level playing field.
The researchers compared the costs of low back pain care initiated with a DC versus a medical doctor or osteopathic physician. They found that costs for the chiropractic group were 40 percent lower. Even after factoring in the severity of the conditions, costs when initiating care with a DC rather than an MD/DO were 20 percent lower. The researchers concluded that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions. According to this analysis, had all of the low back cases initiated care with a DC, this would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee.
When care is initiated with a chiropractor, the total episode cost is lower than for care initiated with a primary care medical physician, and drastically lower than for care initiated with an orthopedist, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, or other practitioners. Your health and wellness deserves a benefit motivated outlook… NOT a consequence motivated response.