Dr. David DeFries

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Cost of care: Price vs value

Last week I turned to social media and asked: what has kept you from seeking chiropractic care and the #1 responce was cost. I have to admit that I was not surprised as we live in a cost conscious society which often overlooks the efficiency or quality of services or products. 

The rising cost of health-care is a misnomner. What has risen in the cost of health insurance in the form of premiums, co-pays and deductibles, not the actual care. Now the health care consumer is forced to pay more while those providing the care get less and the insurance company benefits from the diffrence between the two.

Providers fees are already set by the insurance company. They pay a flat rate depending on the service performed so there isn't much room for them to increase profits by paying the providers of care less. As we have seen over the past ten years, th cost of insurance, for most people, has risen yet their benefits have decreased either in quality or quantity.

As a result, many people are settling for only the care that is covered or partially covered by their insurance. Too often patients care is 75 %  diagnostic (MRI's, XRAYS, bloodwork ect) and 25% treatment. You would think that with the imergance of so many diagnostic centers and specialists that we would see far fewer "sick" people and that the high quality healthcare system would decrease in cost because there would be fewer " sick" people but, as we have seen, that is not the case.

Why do we have so many people addicted to pain killers?

Why were more than 1 million joints replaced last year?

Why is it that the percentage of disabled people in the United States is nearly 25% higher than in the rest of the world?

The reliance on treating pain and not the actual cause of the pain can be attributed to not only why so many people are taking drugs but also to the increased incidences of degeneration and arthritis leading to joint failure and as such an increase in not only the number of people claiming disability but also the cost of health care to everyone. 

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