Funding is critical to support beneficial, cost-effective health care

    Over 800,000 Albertans seek chiropractic treatment each year

    EDMONTON, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Almost a million Albertans choose chiropractic
treatment each year as part of their health care. Chiropractic care is valued
in Alberta, as clearly shown by the overwhelming 90 per cent satisfaction
rating chiropractic care received in the most recent Health Quality Council of
Alberta survey (2006).
    "Chiropractic relieves pressure on the increasingly strained medical
system by effectively treating uncomplicated low back issues and saves
millions of dollars in expensive diagnostic testing and treatment," says
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) president, Dr. Clark
Mills. "Delisting chiropractic services will drive Albertans toward that
already overburdened system, resulting in less than effective treatment and an
unnecessary and increased demand on medical resources."
    Private insurance is not the answer. Insurance providers, such as Alberta
Blue Cross, often refuse coverage for chiropractic if the applicant has
previously seen a chiropractor, on the basis that this constitutes a
pre-existing condition. Restrictions and exclusion for many services including
chiropractic make it challenging for Albertans to have reasonable access to
optional health services.
    "Insurance is not and will not be a viable substitute for the funding
that currently supports Albertans in their ability to access chiropractic
care," says Dr. Mills. "The limitations imposed by third-party insurers are
restrictive, numerous and increasing."
    The ACAC supports a health care system that allows Albertans freedom of
choice when it comes to their health and well-being.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Deb Manz,
CEO, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, 11203 - 70 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 1T1, telephone: (780) 420-0932, email:

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