Americans Willing to Spend Money for Alternative Healtcare

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, U.S. residents spent a total of $33.9 billion on herbal remedies, chiropractic adjustments and other therapies outside the mainstream of Western medicine during 2006. This money came out of patients' own pockets and represented 11.2 percent of health expenditures not covered by insurance.

Dr. Pletchers thoughts on this: I am not surprised because human beings are willing to pay for what works. I actually call Wholistic healthcare the No Alternative Healthcare. Most conditions that people consult a traditional medical doctor for are functional in nature. By this I mean there is no major pathology going on like cancer or an impending stroke or a devastating neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or ALS amyotrophic lateral scletosis. Most doctors visits are because we have headaches, backpain, neckpain, fatigue or depression etc. The typical testing done in medicine is expensive for the new technologies like imaging scans MRI's, CT scans and most often are within normal limits or find a questionable area for which extensive expensive additional tests are run only to find no reason to explain the patients symptoms. Functional Medicine which includes Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutrition and Massage therapy actually makes people function and feel better...so this is why they are willing to pay for it. The irony is that if all of this type of natural healthcare were paid for by insurance and done first before all of the high tech medicine...it would save huge amounts of money for the insurance companies and medicare while saving the patients from going through needless testing and frustration. This is the kind of news that needs to be spread so even a greater percentage of the American population seeks "No Alternative Healthcare."

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