The Stano Cost Comparison Study
Miron Stano, PhD, a health care economist at Oakland University, conducted a study comparing the health-care costs for chiropractic and medical patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The database he used came from the records of MEDSTAT Systems, Inc., a health benefits management consulting firm which processes insurance claims for many of the country's largest corporations. This June 1993 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics study involved 395,641 patients, drawn from statistical information on more than two million beneficiaries. Results over a two-year period showed that patients who received chiropractic care incurred significantly lower health care costs than did patients treated solely by medical or osteopathic physicians.
DISTRIBUTION OF TOTAL COST PER CASE FOR SELECTED ICD-9 CODES (MEAN VALUES)
|Total Cost of Selected Cases
|Average Cost Per Case
Also of interest, for those patients receiving both medical and chiropractic care, the Stano/MEDSTAT results revealed:
31 percent lower hospital admissions rates;
43 percent lower inpatient payments; and
23 percent lower total health care costs.