PBS recently released a fantastic article on why Americans spend so much on pharmaceuticals. We, as a nation, make up over 30% of the worldwide market for drugs. Also, we pay twice as much for the same drugs as many European countries. Their governments regulate the price of the drug in accordance with its therapeutic benefit. In the US, the pharmaceutical companies are essentially able to set their own prices. Additionally, they estimate drug use to RISE as the Affordable Care Act covers the cost of additional prescriptions.
A substantial amount of these drugs are prescribed for pain. We, as a profession, must position and place ourselves as the primary conservative care option for those patients suffering from musculoskeletal complaints. There is no doubt that chiropractic has benefits beyond simply treating "back pain", but we need to start with the primary reasons patients approach our offices.
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