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Poll Says Consumers Want and Appreciate Chiropractic

n a report released on January 10, 2000 from the development firm Sorelli B of Illinois comes the results of a survey that shows the public wants chiropractic and considers it a necessary part of health care coverage. Over 400 random adults from all over the US participated in the survey. Here are some of the results.

Over 46% said that they strongly agree that, "chiropractic benefits should become core benefits in my health plan." Only 33% of those who had visited a chiropractor in the year before the survey had those visits covered by insurance. Interestingly enough, slightly more people, 36% were willing to pay more than $20 for a visit to a chiropractor while only 32% were willing to pay that amount to see an MD. In addition, 64% were willing to increase their monthly insurance premium to include chiropractic care in their policy.

Patient satisfaction with chiropractic care was also surveyed. The results were equally impressive. Of those surveyed 37% agreed strongly that, "spending money on chiropractic today saves me money tomorrow." When compared to medicine, chiropractic did well in the consumers eyes. A full 14% of respondents reported that their condition was the same or got worse after going to the MD, while only 2% said they were no better or worse following the chiropractic visit. Amazingly, 93% expressed that they had a positive outcome after chiropractic care compared with 81% for medical care. But probably the best measure was that aside from having a positive outcome 60% of consumers in the survey reported that, "my chiropractor has improved the quality of my life."