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Status and Recognition of Chiropractic Care

1. Status and Recognition of Chiropractic Care

  • The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that stated that the number of visits
    to non-medical health care providers in 1990 totaled 425 million, 9.5% more than the total number of visits to all family physicians. A follow-up study conducted in 1997 found the total number of visits to non-medical health care providers jumped to 629 million. Chiropractic was the most-used treatment.
  • Consumer preferences are also reflected in health care coverage. As of 1999, 65% of HMOs cover chiropractic care. When these HMOs were surveyed concerning their policies toward “alternative health care, ” 43% stated that they DO NOT view chiropractic as “alternative therapy,” but as a type of mainstream health care.
  • Dr. Paul Shekelle, a medical doctor and member of the nonprofit RAND research organization states that chiropractic should be though of as an equivalent form of health care instead of an alternative therapy or other type of health care.
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