Acupuncture Poll's question for the month of February 2001 was:
"How much do you charge for a typical acupuncture treatment?"
Results are as follows:
These results are based upon responses from 182 people.
Here is a sample of the comments made by those who took the survey and how they voted:
Between $21-$40: You should charge allowing for the length of time you studied and the running cost of your clinic, and also to make some sort of profit, but I think those in the profession just to make money are not interested in the health of the client.
Between $41-$60: This question brings some thought to it. Location and overhead vary, so prices will vary, but how much is too much to allow people to come in for regular treatments? I practice in New York City, a place that averages $60 to $75 per visit, but I treat lots of people for $30 and they seem very happy with that.
Between $61-$80: Our price structure is very reasonable according to U.S. standards. They would be much higher if we were medically controlled.
Between $61-$80: I have recently raised my fees to $95.00 for the first office call and $70.00 for follow-ups. Acupuncturists are still underpaid for the amount of time we spend per patient and the services we provide. Insurance reimbursement rates, based on what acupuncturists charge, are substandard and will remain so until we stop selling ourselves short.