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J Integr Med. 2019 Jun 28. pii: S2095-4964(19)30077-9. doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2019.06.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Acupuncture price in forty-one metropolitan regions in the United States: An out-of-pocket cost analysis based on OkCopay.com.

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1
Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC., Vienna, VA 22182, USA. Electronic address: ArthurFan@ChineseMedicineDoctor.US.
2
Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Ohio State Integrative Medicine, Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43221, USA.
3
Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; YIN & YANG Healthcare, Friendswood, TX 77546, USA.
4
Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs Center, Largo, FL 33778, USA.
5
Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Wei's Chinese Medical Center, Lake Worth, FL 33467, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; New England School of Acupuncture, Newton, MA 02458, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Roseville, MN 55113, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; TCMzone, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Tongrentang Ming Qi Clinic, New York, NY 10016, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Oriental Asclepius, LLC, Plantation, FL 33317, USA.
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Acupuncture Profession Survey Project, American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Vienna, VA 22182, USA; Eastern Roots Wellness, PLC, McLean, VA 22101, USA.
12
McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC., Vienna, VA 22182, USA.

Abstract

Few studies have focused on the cost of acupuncture treatments although acupuncture has become popular in the United States (U.S.). The purpose of the current study was to examine the out-of-pocket costs incurred from acupuncture services based on an online website, OkCopay.com. We examined descriptive statistics (range, median and 20% intervals) for the cost of acupuncture "first-time visits" and "follow-up visits" in 41 metropolitan regions in the U.S. The acupuncture prices of 723 clinics throughout 39 metropolitan regions were included, except for Birmingham, Alabama and Detroit, Michigan as there was no online data available at the time of the study for these two regions. The cost range for a first-time acupuncture visit was $15-400; the highest median was $150 in Charleston, South Carolina, while the lowest was $45 in St. Louis, Missouri. The top 10 cities for the highest median were: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland and Indianapolis, with the median $120, while the median for all 723 clinics was $112. For the follow-up visits, the cost range was $15-300; the highest median was $108 in Charleston, South Carolina, and the lowest $40 in Miami, Florida. The 10 cities with highest median follow-up acupuncture visit costs were: New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston and Atlanta, with the median $85, while for all 723 clinics the median price was $80. The estimation of the average gross annual income of each acupuncturist from the regions studied was $95,760, while the total annual cost of patients seeking acupuncture services in the U.S. was about $3.5 billion in 2018.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; Annual cost; City, United States; Out-of-pocket cost; Price

PMID:
31281066
DOI:
10.1016/j.joim.2019.06.003

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