Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Inclu­sion Decreases Costs to HMO

From the Chicago Tri­bune comes an arti­cle dated Novem­ber 26, 2000 enti­tled, “New Respect Boosts Chi­ro­prac­tic as a Main­stream Ther­apy”. In this arti­cle are var­i­ous chi­ro­prac­tic suc­cess sto­ries from patients. The story then dis­cusses an HMO com­pany, Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine Inc. This HMO, head­quar­tered in High­land Park, is the first insur­ance com­pany in the coun­try to com­bine chi­ro­prac­tic and con­ven­tional med­i­cine in an HMO set­ting. The real dif­fer­ence is that here chi­ro­prac­tors are used as pri­mary care physi­cians and gatekeepers.

James Zech­man is the co-​founder of Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine Inc., and reported in the arti­cle that the inclu­sion of chi­ro­prac­tic into the HMO is a huge suc­cess. Accord­ing to Zech­man, the com­bi­na­tion has resulted in an almost 80 per­cent reduc­tion in hos­pi­tal­iza­tions dur­ing the last two years. Out­pa­tient surgery was reduced by almost 85 per­cent and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drug usage was reduced by 56 percent.

A com­mon say­ing in chi­ro­prac­tic is that, “Chi­ro­prac­tic does not cost, it pays!” Based on the expe­ri­ence of this HMO, it appears to be more than just a slogan.

Ran­dom Article

IMS HEALTH, a global health­care infor­ma­tion com­pany, reported on August 1, 2002, an 11% growth in drug sales through retail phar­ma­cies in 13

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