Is Your Doctor A Hero Or An Assembly Line Worker?
Patients generally perceive their Doctors as either heros or assembly line workers. Years ago, Doctors made house calls, took care of several generations of a family, and were often perceived as healthcare heros. Unfortunately, today’s in healthcare market, most patients liken their Doctor to an assembly line worker.
Imagine if you could go to a Doctor that had 87% percent of their patients give a satisfaction score of 8 or higher and 56 percent of their patients give the Doctor a perfect 10 on a scale of 0-10?
Now, how about if further patient feedback indicated that the Doctor listened to their patients carefully and spent sufficient time with them. Amazingly, their patients did not have to wait longer than a week to get an appointment!
Wouldn’t you think that the Doctor rocked? Wouldn’t you consider that Doctor to be an example of a healthcare hero?
Well, these were the results of the chiropractic report card. This information was gained from a congressionally mandated pilot project to consider broadening chiropractic services in the Medicare program. The results demonstrate that patients have a high rate of satisfaction with the care that they receive from Doctors of Chiropractic.
Congress approved a “demonstration project’ to assess the feasibility of expanding chiropractic services within Medicare and the results were outstanding. The study was conducted for 2 years, from April 2005 to March 2007. The geographic area of the study was throughout the states of Maine and New Mexico, 17 counties in central Virginia, 26 counties in the Chicago metropolitan area, and in Scott County, Iowa.
Currently, Medicare covers spinal manipulation only. Under the study, Medicare was expanded to include additional chiropractic services, such as, x-rays, examinations, physiotherapy and rehabilitation procedures.
The results of the demonstration project are being analyzed for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
To learn more: Medicare Chiropractic Demonstration Project Report