Friday, February 6, 2015

The Cost of Healthcare- February 2015

February 2015

Hi Everybody, Dr. Norris here.
With the economy still in a slow recovery we all have to compare costs and what we need versus what we want. That new car looks really nice but a good used car may be more practical. Eating out is more expensive than, and not as healthy as, a home cooked meal... but that pizza smells so good!

Being responsible with our hard earned money is also applicable when choosing healthcare. From what insurance to get to which doctor to choose we have many decisions to make. I have people that consult with me about their chronic musculoskeletal conditions. They may say something like "I would do anything to get rid of this pain."  Yet when I tell them that they need regular treatment (chiropractic/ massage therapy) often they tell me "I can't afford that". It's not my nature to force care on people or try to make them feel bad for not choosing what I think is best. But let me break this down for a moment.

If someone is in pain every day it begins to affect all parts of their life. Work performance, interpersonal relationships, family life... even our recreation time is bound to suffer. Our joy for life is lessened by some degree. In my opinion decreasing or eliminating chronic pain is... invaluable.

So let's talk some real costs. Some insurance plans cover all or a portion of chiropractic care. With increasing co-pays, large deductibles and non-chiropractic coverage my rates for a dual region chiropractic adjustment is still only $30. A one hour massage therapy session is $50. That is at most a total of $80. Most chronic conditions will respond with as little as one chiropractic/massage combination per month. That is $2.70 a day. This amount can be offset by ordering fewer lattes, eating a homemade lunch several times a week, or choosing basic cable instead of a deluxe package. So is $2.70 a day worth feeling better? Only you can decide if it is.
I will be here if you need help.
“Nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris

Exercise Saves Money

A little exercise makes us feel better and reduces health care costs. According to the Journal of Occupational Medicine people who exercise 2 1/2 hours or more per week reduce healthcare costs by $1,100 per year.
J Occup Environ Med, 2014 Sept; 56(9):919-26.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
Wayne Gretzky, National Hockey League Hall of Famer.

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