Blue Cross Blue Shield Chiropractic Study: Unrefuted and Verifiable Results


Blue Cross study shows how cost effective chiropractic care is.

Here is an overview of the chiropractic study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. The study was over 7 years and was conducted to see what, if any, results chiropractic care has when used as a primary or first choice option by patients.

Starting in 1999, and stemming over a 7-year period of time, a major Illinois HMO participated in a bold study where chiropractors would serve as primary care physicians in its network. The results are not only verifiable they remain refuted to this day. Here is an exact quote: “Results: Clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 member-months over 7-year period demonstrated;

  • 60.2% decrease of in-hospital admissions
  • 59% less hospital days
  • 62% less outpatient surgeries and procedures
  • 85% less pharmaceutical cost when compared with conventional medicine IPA performance for the same health maintenance organization product in the same geography and time frame

The results of this study surprised even those who conducted it:

“I have always believed that the overutilization of pharmaceuticals and surgery, and the underutilization of more natural healing techniques, such as chiropractic, has been the cause of great suffering. Yet, I had no idea that magnitude of both clinical improvements and cost effectiveness would approach 50% in both cases.”

“DCs and Diagnosis” – Keith Pendleton

Sources: Clinical Utilization and Cost Outcomes from Integrative Medicine Independent Physician Association: An Additional 3-year Update” Richard L. Sarnat, MD, JMPT

If you or anyone you know could benefit from chiropractic and acupuncture care, please contact our office at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. Austin chiropractor located in north central Austin, TX.

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