A survey of patients' out-of-pocket payments for complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_D28BDA90B2D4
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
A survey of patients' out-of-pocket payments for complementary and alternative medicine therapies.
Journal
Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Author(s)
Peytremann-Bridevaux Isabelle
ISSN
0965-2299 (Print)
ISSN-L
0965-2299
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2004
Volume
12
Number
1
Pages
48-50
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Investigate the out-of-pocket payments for complementary and alternative therapies.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.
SETTING: Fourteen thousand and twenty-six US adults aged > or =25 years from 10,597 answering households. Respondents to the survey were only included in this analysis if they used a single CAM therapy which was not covered by insurance.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Reported out-of-pocket payments.
RESULTS: Out of 836 users of alternative therapies, 577 used only a single therapy. Massage therapy (23.7%), spiritual healing (16.6%) and herbal therapy (14.7%) were the most frequently single used therapies. The out-of-pocket payments per visit for providers was on average $49 for nutritional advice, $44 for acupuncture, $33 for massage, $23 for herbal therapies, and $9 for spiritual healing.
CONCLUSIONS: These are the first estimates of the out-of-pocket payments for specific complementary and alternative therapies. They can help understand the importance people place on these therapies.
Keywords
Adult, Aged, Complementary Therapies/economics, Complementary Therapies/methods, Cost of Illness, Cross-Sectional Studies, Fee-for-Service Plans, Female, Humans, Incidence, Male, Middle Aged, Risk Assessment, United States
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