Americans Spent $30B On ‘Complementary Health Care’


1 AMERICANS SPEND OVER $30 BILLION OUT-OF-POCKET ON COMPLIMENTARY HEALTHCARE EACH YEAR. YOU WOULD FREAK OUT IF THE DOCTOR WANTED YOU TO, BUT THEY SAID PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THIS LIKE YOGA, ACUPUNCTURE, HYPNOSIS, FOR MEDICAL REASONS. THIS IS A TINY FRACTION OF MEDICAL SPENDING, 1% BUT IF YOU GET RID OF ALL THE STUFF INSURANCE IS PAYING FOR AND LOOK AT OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTHCARE COSTS, ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS ARE SPENDING SOME MONEY ON THESE THINGS. HAVE YOU GUYS EVER DONE CHIROPRACTIC CARE? NO. CARRY AROUND A 25-POUND BABY FOR A YEAR AND YOUR NECK GETS — HYPNOSIS? NO. YOU’RE GETTING SLEEPY. [ LAUGHTER ] MASSAGE THERAPY? A LOT OF PEOPLE. YES. VERY COMMON. ENERGY HEALING THERAPY. YOU CAN GET AS NEW AGE AS YOU WANT BUT A LOT OF THIS HAS BECOME MAIN MAINSTREAM. MANY TRIED FISH OIL OR PRO BY OTHER TICKS. AND VITAMINS AS WELL. YES. SOME VITAMINS MIGHT BE CONSIDERED, YOU KNOW, A NONTRADITIONAL TYPE OF APPROACH. WHY DO WE THINK PEOPLE ARE SO WILLING TO PART WITH THEIR OWN MONEY FOR — ARE PEOPLE DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS? I THINK DESPERATE FOR CONTROL. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE YOUR DOCTOR OR PHYSICIAN AND YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING TO DEAL WITH WHATEVER IS GOING ON. A LOT OF TIMES THE DOCTOR WILL SAY IT IS A VIRAL THING, IT HAS TO RUN ITS COURSE. YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING A STEP BEYOND. MY GIRLFRIEND’S SON WAS HAVING TROUBLE, HE WAS PREMATURE. HE TOOK HIM TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR TO DIGEST BREAST MILK BETTER. AMERICANS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE VISIT TO THE DOCTOR WHERE YOU’RE KIND OF SHOVELED THROUGH LIKE YOU ONLY GET A COUPLE MINUTES TO SPEND WITH THE DOCTOR. THE AVERAGE VISIT IS SEVEN MINUTES WHEN DOCTORS ARE SEEING PATIENTS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS ARE ON THE RISE IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, IT IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST GROWING PROFESSIONS AND AS A CAREER. A LOT HAS TO DO WITH HEALTHCARE COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CUT COSTS AND BY DOING THAT THEY CAN PAY THOSE PEOPLE LESS. SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY ON HEALTHCARE BY DOING THESE THINGS. THE CHIROPRACTOR PREVENTS PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD AS MUCH, MUCH WORSE AND THEY SAVE MONEY.

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