The Acupuncture Poll question for November 2002 was:
"What percentage of your practice consists of cash-paying patients who are not covered by insurance?"
These results are based upon 179 responses.
As this is a voluntary, non-scientific survey, caution should be used in generalizing the results. Here is a sample of the comments made by those who took the survey and how they voted:
0-25%: I treat auto accident and HMO patients only, working in a large multispecialty clinic, and see an average of 80-90 patients a week. My referrals from the MDs in our clinic are increasing every week due to the growing interest in acupuncture/herbal medicine in the elderly population.
26-50%: Less than half of patients can't get any reimbursement for acupuncture mostly due to Medicare guidelines. Patients with coverage are more likely to continue care after initial symptoms are resolved.
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