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By drcrooks
December 27, 2010
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A new study published in the December 2010 issue of JMPT reviewed the cost of care for common back pain conditions initiated with chiropractic and medical doctors as the first treating physician. Tennessee Blue Cross Blue Shield claims were reviewed retrospectively and it was determined that paid costs of low back care were 40% lower when care was initiated with a doctor of chiropractic compared with a medical treatment. Even when risk-adusting each patient costs to account for severity, paid costs for chiropractic patients were 20% lower than medical patients. This study demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when the Congress is attempting to reform our health care system and contain runaway costs in the United States.

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