|Low Back Pain Study by Insurance
Company Favorable to Chiropractic
Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) of Kansas in August 1999, presented a
study titled "Lumbago Treatment." The information for this study
was gathered from a program called the McKesson Episode Profiler. This
data program allowed BCBS to sort the health care statistics of
different types of doctors as well as the types of conditions that were
listed on the insurance claim forms. Using this information BCBS
could determine the cost and effectiveness for chiropractic with what they
The results showed that 38 percent of the patients chose to seek
chiropractic care rather than medical care. This was in contrast to the
fact that less than eight percent of the doctors in the study were
chiropractors. This showed that it took fewer chiropractors to care
for more people.
The results showed that chiropractic was more cost-effective than
anesthesiology; neurosurgery; neurology; registered physical therapy;
orthopedic reconstructive surgery; physical medicine and rehabilitation;
and rheumatology. The study also showed that most of the
chiropractic expenses 89%, were related directly to patient care, while
only 45 percent of the medical costs were related to treatment of the
condition with remainder of the costs being for diagnostic procedures.
Additionally, the study deliberately excluded any costs for
hospitalization, surgery, or any fees paid to orthopedists or
neurosurgeons for costs associated with surgery. Without these additional
costs being included in the study, the costs related to medical care were
reported much lower than they actually were, and the savings from
chiropractic care was actually much larger.
This study confirmed what many others have in the past. Patients
suffering from back problems are in much better, and cost effective hands
with chiropractic care.