Happy New Year from Lakeside Chiropractic Wellness Center!
Welcome to 2014! We are very excited to be starting another year focused on helping people like you experience your best health possible.
One HUGE benefit of taking good care of yourself through chiropractic care is the ability to control some of your healthcare costs. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard a lot recently about how imperative it is for us to find a way to reduce our healthcare costs here in America.
Today’s article talks about some of the ways chiropractic care can save you money. And this month’s blog posts will give even more details from research studies with results that may surprise you!
Cheers to Your Health!
Dr. Dale Callaway
Before we talk about how regular chiropractic care can save you money, I want to share an example of the high cost of traditional healthcare and the impact it can have on people with serious health problems.
This real-life story comes from an article published in Time Magazine on February 20, 2013. The article was written by Steven Brill and it was titled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us.”
One of the people featured in the article was Sean Recchi, a 42-year Ohio man who had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He decided to get treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. However, his discount health insurance wasn’t accepted there, so the Center requested $48,900, paid in advance, just to evaluate Recchi and develop a treatment plan.
Recchi was able to borrow the money from family, but his condition quickly worsened and in another week he had to borrow another $35,000 from family to begin treatment. Though he was sweating, shaking, and in pain, Recchi was held in the reception area for an hour and a half as MD Anderson employees checked to verify that the $35,000 check had cleared. When they couldn’t verify it, Recchi had to put a $7,500 payment on his credit card before he could receive care.
So the cost to receive a treatment plan and to begin care, which had to be paid in advance, was $83,900. An examination of the bill revealed an exorbitant markup for the drugs and services provided by MD Anderson Cancer Center, a non-profit that’s connected with the University of Texas. The Time Magazine article reported that one Tylenol tablet cost Recchi $1.50, chest x-rays cost him $283, and his blood and lab tests were more than $15,000.
When compared to a Medicare bill, these same services would have only been a few hundred dollars. And that would have covered the costs, overhead, equipment and salaries for the providers.
On September 8, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that in 2010, Americans spent $8,233 per person on healthcare for a $2.6 trillion total. This is 60 percent higher than any other country in the world, and the cost is expected to rise. The article also reports that Americans can help control some of their healthcare costs by taking better care of themselves. While smoking has historically been the number one thing people do that drives healthcare costs up, it has now been equaled by obesity.
So enough bad news. Let me share some good news with you.
There have been a lot of research studies done over the past couple of decades involving chiropractic care. And the results show that it can definitely reduce your healthcare costs.
One study was done in Chicago over a seven-year period, based on data from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In this study, chiropractic care was integrated with medical and other complementary care. One of the major features of the study was that a chiropractor could be chosen as a patient’s primary care provider. When that was the case, the results were astonishing. Here are some of them:
60% fewer hospital admissions
59% fewer hospital days
62% fewer out-patient surgeries and procedures
85% savings in pharmaceutical costs
This study was published May 2007 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
So not only does the cost of chiropractic care save you money, but you also need fewer surgeries, fewer hospital visits, miss work less, and use a lot less medication. All of this means more money in your pocket.
As Dr. Robert Braile, Chiropractor and President of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic said, “Chiropractic has always represented an alternative and cost-saving approach to expensive medical care.”
If you know someone who could benefit from this kind of healthcare savings, be sure to share this newsletter with them. And tell them to give us a call at 678-401-8207 to discuss how we can help.
In our blog posts this month, we’ll be sharing more research studies involving chiropractic care, the results, and how regular chiropractic care can affect your health and your pocketbook.