Insurance companies are a joke. One of the most corrupt industries to ever create a stronghold in this country is the private insurance sector, but what is our other option? Honestly, I don’t have a solid answer for that either. We have seen socialized medicine fail time and time again in other countries. Long wait times to see a provider, inconsistent care, and overall tax hikes imposed on the public to pay for “universal healthcare” certainly make it an unappealing option. Ironically when it comes to chiropractic, the second larges form of healthcare in the United States, every insurance offers coverage.
Chiropractors do take insurance and almost every insurance cover chiropractic care.
Chiropractic coverage with regards to personal health insurance used to be a rarity when shopping and purchasing policies. Until 20 years ago only 50% of insurance companies offered chiropractic benefits but a recent uptick in peer reviewed research supporting chiropractic treatment for many conditions has led to increased options for coverage when selecting health insurance plans. In fact many plans incorporate great chiropractic benefits that align with physical therapy benefits often allowing 12-60 chiropractic visits a year.
How much do chiropractor visits cost?
We have another blog post that covers this in its entirety but the answer is still vague. Different chiropractors charge more than others mainly based on the amount of care they provide not necessarily the types of service. On average a new patient visit should cost between $50-$250 including the initial treatment but that can vary way outside that range. Some clinics will offer new patient specials “$79 initial exam and x-rays!” These types of specials are a great attractant to new patients but should signal that the clinic is new or struggling and cannot rely on referrals from current patients or other health care providers.
The AMA hates chiropractors
The American Medical Association has a duty to its members to lobby and suppress competitive health care options outside those offered by western medicine. Years of propaganda, slander, libel, and political campaigns funded by the pharmaceutical industry have tarnished the chiropractic profession until the last couple of decades. Only recently due the availability of the internet and resources for people to understand what we do have patients been able to look past the lobbying and campaigning from the AMA.
Secondarily the AMA as well as the medical colleges have spewed misinformation while failing to teach medical students even the basic principals of chiropractic care. Many of my medical colleagues have no idea what I do or why it works. All they were taught in school is there is “no science”, “its quackery”, “it causes strokes”. The medical community controls patient perspectives and thankfully the growing Osteopathic community, traditionally trained in spinal manipulation” have been out biggest advocate for advancement.
Often my colleagues ask, “is chiro care even covered by insurance?” to which I respond Yes, every major insurer, including Medicare and Medicaid cover chiropractic care and often cover it very well! Some are excited and some feel threatened either way we are here to stay because what we do works and provides another option for consumers when facing their health concerns.