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Before I get into the costs involved in comparing treatment lets look at the numbers. My cash price for one to two area adjustment is $40, which I add IFC for no charge.
- Fees per chiropractic session average $65 for a general vertebrae adjustment, according to a recent survey in Chiropractic Economics magazine.
- Sessions can range from $34 to $106 per session depending on where you live, how many regions of the spine a chiropractor services and whether exams are required.
- Average fees are highest in the South, around $70 per session , and lowest in the Midwest, at $60 . New patients should expect to pay slightly more on their first visit, from $61 to $161 , because an overall health consultation is usually required. Chiropractors charge additional fees for X-rays, which can range from $44 to $159 .
- Most health insurance plans cover some level of chiropractic care, and treatment is also a tax-deductible medical expense
Costs of Medical or Health Care
In times of global financial crisis, medical costs are escalating along with other costs for necessity. However, you cannot neglect your health needs and you deserve to get the best form of medical and health treatments for any condition you are suffering from. In terms of economics, conditions such as back pain, neck pain, spinal problems, and the like affect an individual's productivity at work. Therefore, it produces a domino effect in the legal, economic, and health care industry.
Research are currently ongoing to examine possible areas where medical cost savings can be produced without sacrificing the quality of medical and health care that an individual receives.
Chiropractic vs Traditional Clinical Care
This is where chiropractic care comes in and is one of the reasons why it has gained so much attention over the years. Health experts have examined a given demographic of individuals who opted for chiropractic care against those who had traditional medical care. The difference between both methods lies in three different factors: surgical rates, diagnostic imaging, and level of patient satisfaction.
Indeed, costs are considerably lower for individuals who opted for chiropractic care due to the absence of any medical equipment or prescription drugs in the equation. Therefore, this is where the savings come in for chiropractic treatments. The surgical rates (or doctor's fee) and patient's satisfaction might be identical in both treatment options, the lack of any additional fees or medical equipments to use spell the difference.
To top it off, both patients from the traditional medical group and those who had chiropractic treatments had exceptional results from the procedure. Therefore, the costs savings really does cretae the barrier between the two.
Coverage of Chiropractic Cost
Like any other medical treatments, chiropractic care does have its own costs to cover. An average session for chiropractic treatment usually involves manipulation of the vertebrae, as well as the arms and hands. In severe cases, the length and frequency of the chiropractic sessions are extended.
According to research and survey by Chiropractic Economics magazine, an average chiropractic session would cost around 65. However, since length and frequency for each session varies, do does the cost of it. Hence, it can be as low as 34 to as high as 65, depending also on what procedures were done.
If you are going to have your first ever chiropractic session, then expect to pay higher than that. This is because your chiropractic doctor would often conduct an overall health consultation first before proceeding onto the session. This is essential for the chiropractor to evaluate the safest approach to use without endaring your body or producing serious risks. For your follow-up visits, you can expect the rate to go down.
In cases that require any additional procedures or equipments to use, a chiropractic often charges the patient for that such as x-ray, massage sessions, or acupuncture. The charges vary for each additional services.
Now that research studies have revealed that chiropractic care is indeed most cost-effective than traditional medical treatment, there are more ways for you to increase your savings:
If you are covered by a health insurance plan, they often include chiropractic care in their coverage.
Chiropractic treatment is considered tax-deductible.
There are certain chiropractors who perform cash-only treatments and they often charge less than others. Each session could be priced by as low as 57, therefore you should opt for them if you can find one.
If your chiropractor practices by himself instead of being associated with other medical groups, you can also get savings from the lesser charges they provide patients.