A study over the cost of health care for back or neck pain for individuals belonging to an HMO who used chiropractic care or other methods of treatment were evaluated. The cost of surgery, use of diagnostic imaging, and the satisfaction of patients were evaluated. Claims that were paid from October 1, 1994 through October 1, 1995 were evaluated and analyzed. The cost of healthcare for back and neck pain was much lower for patients using chiropractic care than those using other treatment. Surgical costs and the satisfaction of patients was nearly the same for those who used chiropractic care and those who did not.
The conclusion of the study is that chiropractic care yields similar outcomes to other forms of care at a much lower cost.
Mosley, Carrie; Cohen, Ilava; Arnold Roy. “Cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care in a managed care setting.” The American Journal of Managed Care 1996; 2: 280-282.