Topic 15: Broader Access to Healthcare

Broader access to healthcare

"How can the chiropractic profession play a role in providing equitable access to healthcare services?”

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the disparities in equitable access to healthcare services. Underserved populations have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Future Perceptions survey respondents indicated that underserved populations would have an overall positive impact on the chiropractic profession over the next 10 years. How do you see the chiropractic profession addressing the issues of access and equity in public health?

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“How can the chiropractic profession play a role in providing equitable access to health services?”

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There is enough research available to demonstrate the benefits of Chiropractic care with lower tiered health conditions (i.e. lumbago, dorsalgia, headache, etc.). Use of Chiropractic care primarily for these conditions, with accessibility to referrals of care for medical assistance if needed, would remove burden of hospitals and local health care departments that are focused on pathologic based conditions like Covid-19 and associated co-morbidities. All healthcare providers have the same interest in mind, helping others, but we are often not used as primary care when needed due to lack of education throughout medical professional and personal misdirection taken by many Chiropractors to cause a misconception of what practices were taught by post graduate degrees programs. Due to differences in philosophies, limited uniformity of care standards, and lack of post graduate requirements the medical profession would rather use trusted physical therapist to care for conditions we can assist in.

I formerly practiced in a city with a significant minority population, however, only occasionally did a minority patient come into my office. I think that if chiropractors were paid employees of public health centers, we could begin reaching a greater population. These patients would have a positive experience with chiropractic and tell their friends and family. I wish that DCs would be employed by local health departments. Our county health department has dentists, nurses, and mental health providers at the facility. Why not DCs?
Our branding and our message to the public must include sincere outreach to non-white populations.

DC are getting paid about $35/ hrs so is PTA or COTA, you can not compare schooling. Why would I need a histology if I only can adjust ?

Some progress is happening in this arena but more is needed. Greater diversity in the profession will help; as will greater diversity in marketing materials for the profession. Not everything requires a national solution, some of the best are local solutions – outreach by the chiropractors in a local community together to identify and provide care for under served populations; participation at Chambers of Commerce, and other locally grown activities.

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For more information about the Future of Chiropractic strategic visioning and planning project, please contact:

Elizabeth Klein, Executive Director
Congress of Chiropractic State Associations
Phone: (503) 922-2933
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