The opioid crisis was created by doctors, big pharma and the insurers that control health care delivery. The cost of reducing dependence through drug rehab is astronomical and many who experience chronic pain and have relied on opioid availability are now resentful that their prescriptions for their medications are now going unfilled.
It is also apparent that the same people who created the problem, while being controlled more stringently have not embraced many of the treatments that are often more effective which avoid drugs. The idea of safe prescription of Opioid protocols solving the problem is part of the problem as well and is likely part of the narrative being marketed to us by big pharma.
Rather than send people for acupuncture, or to a chiropractor, many doctors continue to send patients to pain clinics which are part of the problem. Pain clinics have addicted millions with medications such as Fentanyl.
In 2014, Partnership HealthPlan a large provider of Medi Cal in California realized that their plan and its network of Medicaid doctors actually were causing the problem and decided to eliminate opioids and with the money they saved, opened their network to chiropractors. The result was far fewer patients addicted to opioids and much greater satisfaction in their networks.
The myth of pain management is that pain needs to be managed, instead of understood. Patients are routinely drugged, tested and are subjected to expensive medical procedures to affect the nerves that cause pain. This is in contrast to a holistic chiropractic approach that looks for the cause of pain and helps people without drugs or surgery, while improving the patients quality of life. There is growing evidence that this approach is much more appropriate, safer, effective and costly than the reductionist medical approach to treatment, disease and medication.
In NJ, notable barriers continue to exist in workers compensation who refuses to allow chiropractors to treat compensation cases since 1990, even though the growing evidence shows that the chiropractic approach may be much more cost effective and safer. Chiropractors are known for getting employees back to work faster after and injury and reduce costs due to treatment, down time, medical testing and medication.
Other barriers that exist include the Horizon Omnia Plan which has excluded 94% of the chiropractors from their lower cost tier 1, while indemnifying large hospital conglomerates. Not only does this not improve cost effectiveness, but again, these are artificial barriers that should never exists and shows bias that has no business in today’s healthcare marketplace. Worse, they have made the disparity between Tier 1 and Tier 3 so large, that is discourages patients financially from visiting some of the most effective healthcare providers even though all are considered in network. This financial shell game has no business being part of our healthcare model, and people who are shopping on the healthcare exchanges should not be financially manipulated to take an inferior healthcare product, as the insurer prices them out of their old one.
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Alternative Pain Therapies Could Help Quell Opioid Crisis, but Barriers Remain
As opioid overdoses surge, health professionals look to non-pharmacological treatments like chiropractic care and acupuncture.
By Claire Hansen, Contributor |Nov. 21, 2017
For many Americans struggling with opioid addiction, it didn’t start with drug-filled needles or fentanyl-laced heroin, but with something far more common and less sinister: pain.
More than 30 percent of Americans experience acute or chronic pain, and as emphasis on pain treatment has grown in the last two decades, prescriptions for opioids have skyrocketed in tandem with the escalation of the opioid epidemic.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health have identified both opioid research and pain research as top priorities, and the epidemic has ushered in new thinking on how and when to use opioids in pain management. In 2016, the CDC released new pain management guidelines recommending that opioids should be considered for pain management only after non-opioid pharmacological treatments and non-drug treatments, or in tandem with the other methods.