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Chi­ro­prac­tic More Cost Effec­tive Than Med­ical Care For Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Cases

A study pub­lished in the Sep­tem­ber 2004 issue of the peer-​reviewed sci­en­tific jour­nal, “Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics” showed that chi­ro­prac­tic care was more cost effec­tive than med­ical care for many work­ers com­pen­sa­tion injuries.

The study was a ret­ro­spec­tive review of 96,627 closed injury claims between 1975 and 1994 that had been archived by the North Car­olina Indus­trial Com­mis­sion. The Office of Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices of the North Car­olina Depart­ment of Com­merce extracted the raw data for this study.

The results showed that the aver­age cost of treat­ment, hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, and com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments were higher for patients treated by Med­ical Doc­tors than for patients treated by Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic. The results fur­ther showed that aver­age num­ber of lost work­days for patients treated by Med­ical Doc­tors was higher than for those treated by Chi­ro­prac­tors. How­ever, it was noted that when patients were treated by both Med­ical doc­tors and Chi­ro­prac­tors the costs gen­er­ated were higher than patients treated by either MDs or DCs only.

The con­clu­sion indi­cates lower treat­ment costs, less work­days lost, lower com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments, and lower uti­liza­tion of ancil­lary med­ical ser­vices for patients treated by Chi­ro­prac­tors than for those treated by Med­ical Doc­tors. The impli­ca­tions are clear and can have far reach­ing effects. Many state gov­ern­ments are grap­pling with the con­cept of how to lower claims by injured work­ers in the work­ers com­pen­sa­tion sys­tems. Some law­mak­ers have sug­gested that the reduc­tion, or elim­i­na­tion of chi­ro­prac­tic care will help reduce the finan­cial costs. This study clearly shows that those efforts are not sup­ported by the evi­dence, and that steps in that direc­tion would actu­ally raise the over­all costs in work­ers com­pen­sa­tions claims.

Ran­dom Article

In the Octo­ber 8, 2002 issue of the online mag­a­zine “The Bea­con Jour­nal” at Ohio​.com, appears a story with the sim­ple head­line, “Adjusting

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