The United States spends far more on health care than any other country in the world. At last count (2015), approximately 17.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) was spent on health care services (The World Bank, 2016). The country with the next highest spending is the Netherlands, which spends approximately 12% of its GDP on health care.
U.S. politicians commonly say that we have the best health care system in the world. Unfortunately, that is not true. When the World Health Organization examined the quality of health care services, the United States ranked 37th in the world (Murray, Phil, & Frenk, 2010). Some of the factors that went into the rating included infant mortality, permanent handicaps as a result of disease, high-risk teen pregnancies, cardiac disease, and many others.
One would expect that if US spends more money on healthcare than any other country, we should be doing the best when it comes to return on investment. People always desire better health care and outcomes for less cost. Chiropractic care has been proven to be cost effective for many families who choose to incorporate its services into their budgets.
A 2007 study analyzed the healthcare numbers and statistics for those who used a Chiropractor as their Primary Care Provider (PCP) compared to men and women who utilized a medical doctor as their PCP. People utilizing a Chiropractor as a PCP experienced significantly improved outcomes in regards to hospital admissions, days spent in hospitals, number of surgeries, and finances used on pharmaceutical drugs.
People using a Chiropractor as their PCP compared to people using an MD as their PCP experienced:
- 60% Less Hospital Admissions
- 59% Less Days Spent in the Hospital
- 62% Less Outpatient Surgeries
- 85% Less Costs on Pharmaceutical Drugs
Improved quality of life becomes more readily abundant through fewer hospital admissions and surgeries as well as invasive care prevention and reduced out of pocket expenses. Chiropractic care provides the additional benefit of improved health and vitality through a focus on maximizing health and organ function rather than simply treating symptoms or diseases.
The study noted that a difference in health care philosophy drives the difference in results between medical care and Chiropractic care. One that focuses on the individual rather than the treatment. Chiropractors recognize that all health and healing come from every person, who possesses an innate wiring for health and vitality. Chiropractic recognizes and works with the intelligence inside the body that helped turn two cells into a fully functional and capable human being in less than ten months. Greater healthcare potential exists when applying this concept across a large populace and research continues to prove that proactive Chiropractic care does far more to benefit health than reactive medical care.
Prescription medications alleviate symptoms and warning signs within the body but pharmaceutical answers prove temporary time and time again. Every symptom radiates from a source and Chiropractic pursues the purpose and cause of disease. True health care rectifies health concerns without reliance upon medications or surgeries and the side effects that go hand in hand with each.
The Chiropractic option continues to increase in enrollment as the primary health care choice for families tired of the sick care model of medicine. Research and results continue to reveal the health benefits that come from unlocking the power within the body rather than relying on external influences.
Chiropractors take pride in educating patients and the public on the results achieved through this revolutionary approach to health care. Millions of families across the globe seek better healthcare options but do so without understanding the negative implication of using the current medical system. Others feel trapped in a cyclical system of sickness and drugs that promote one another. Chiropractic provides an answer and Chiropractors all over the world pursue changing health care one community at a time through awareness, education, and appropriate spine and nervous system care.