Considering the high costs of medical care in the case of back related problems – more often resulting in extensive diagnostic procedures, medication, surgery and hospitalisation – it makes economical sense to encourage patients to seek a more cost effective route which could save themselves thousands, and medical schemes millions of Rands annually.
It is interesting to note that the Ministry of Health in Ontario – Canada – commissioned a study by three health economists led by Prof Pran Manga to investigate the cost of back related problems to the state. The 216-page report (click here for the executive summary) listed several findings that could save Ontario billions of dollars (approximately $7 billion) annually by using chiropractic services. Prof Manga concluded: “There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost effective than medical management.”
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost effective than medical management” ~ Prof Pran Manga
The Manga reports showed that by using chiropractic, Ontario could save “hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect health care costs and related expenses.” (source