A report published in 2007 analyzed clinical and cost utilization data for an integrative medicine independent physician association (IPA) whose primary care physicians (PCPs) were exclusively doctors of chiropractic. Clinical and cost utilization were based on 70274 member-months over a 7-year period.
According to Richard Sarnat, M.D. (one of the physicians involved in the report): "...regular utilization of chiropractors as primary care physicians reduces:
-the need for hospitalization by 60.2%,
-hospital days by 59%,
-pharmaceutical usage by 85%,
-outpatient surgeries and procedures by 62%, and
-overall global health care costs by more than 50%!!"
His conclusion was that “Chiropractors could single handedly solve the healthcare crisis.” Maybe our politicians need to become aware of this and see all the trillions spent on unnecessary drugs and surgery and utilize safe and natural chiropractic as a first line of health and prevention!
Chiropractors are experts that deal with musculoskeletal conditions and should be utilized as a first response option for such complaints. This is one of the most conservative measures people can take to prevent and correct conditions relating to the musculoskeletal system. If conservative measures do not produce reasonable results then the option of medicine and/or surgery becomes a viable option. Patients need to exhaust the most non-invasive treatment options first and see their doctor of chiropractic today.