The Virginia Research Study

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The researchers concluded that if chiropractic care was insured to the extent of other medical specialties, it would likely emerge as a first option for many patients with certain medical conditions. They also believed this could result in a decrease in the overall treatment costs for these conditions.

Their findings revealed:

* The low cost of chiropractic is due not to its low rate of use, but to its offsetting impacts on costs in the face of high rates of utilization. Chiropractic is a growing component of the health care sector, and it is widely used by the population.

* Formal studies of the cost, effectiveness, or both of chiropractic, usually measured against other forms of treatment, show it to compare favorably with them.

* By every test of cost and effectiveness, the evidence shows chiropractic to provide important therapeutic benefits, at economical costs.

* The conclusion of this analysis is that chiropractic mandates help make available health care that is widely used by the American public and has proven to be cost-effective.

A Comparison of the Costs of Chiropractors versus Alternative Medical Practitioners. Dean DH, Schmidt RM. University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.

Mandated Health Insurance Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment: An Economic Assessment, with Implications for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Schifrin LG. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.