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Chiro Doc

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If chiropractic is such a great thing, why is enrollment at chiropractic colleges steadily decreasing?  Why are prospective students choosing alternate career paths?


Chiropractic is dead.  The body hasn't been claimed yet.


 



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DrY

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Because there are now chiropractic colleges anymore. If, as a student, you can't tell the difference between yourself and somebody else in another profession, that takes less time to study and from which studies you exit will much smaller debt, why would you enroll?

A chiropractic institution should take a stance and make it REAL and TANGILBE what values it stands for, and what that means in everyday praactical life.

That is what LifeU tried to do, however unpopular it's view might be. If every college did a likewise effort, enrollment would be high everywhere, because everywhere would offer something unique and interesting.

Forgive my bad English,

DrY

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Dr j

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Chiropractic enrollment is down because the market is presently flooded with chiropractors who are not prospering. Prospective students see DCs fail and decide to do something else. No other type of Doctor has our failure rate. It is rumored to be as high as 50%.


Enrollment took off in the early 80s because of insurance parity. DCs were able to get paid for the first time by major insurance companies. People saw this as attractive and enrolled.


In the early 90s the insurance companies began to start managed care programs which reduced reimbursements and number of visits. The insurance companies also limited the number of DCs who could participate in the PPOs and HMOs, thereby limiting access to many patients. The insurance companies also changed co-pays from 10% of the bill to as much as 50%.


The number of chiropractors has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. This is problematic because we are still only seeing 10% of the population and the population of our country has not doubled  during that same length of time.


That is my explaination. I believe it to be accurate because I have witnessed the above for the last 20 years.



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AB

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Two reasons:

1. Salaries are down as reported in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (about 80k/yr) so students aren't comfortable with the cost to benefit equation as compared to their other options.

2. Every skeleton in the chiropractic closet is now on display over the internet (chirobase.org, chirotalk.proboards3.com) so students are disilusioned over the reality and less likely to believe the admissions lies.

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JCS

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From my understanding, enrollment at all health care colleges is down. Even my orthopedic friend cries in his beer over the fact that practicing medicine is down in the dumps and he won't encourage his daughters to enroll in med school.


The problems with chiro specific, I think, is due to the poor public image caused by Life Univ and other chirovangelists who have soiled our image with cultism. Altho SMT is a fine healing art, it is shrouded in controversy from hyperbole, fringe methods, and unethical practice management methods. Just one look at CJ Mertz is enuf sed, ya folla?


One problem for all health care began when George Dubya Bush was elected. He let it be known perfectly clear in his first month in the White House that healthcare reform was dead and the Patients' Bill of Rights was a dead issue too. So, the managed care orgs took that as a green light to do exactly what they've done--raise premiums, lower patients' services and lower providers' fees. Is it little wonder that health care insurance costs have experienced a double-digit inflation over the last 3 years?


Of course, there's more money in the healthcare industry today than ever before, but most of it goes to the middlemen--the bureacrats in the HMOs. I daresay enrollment in MBA is up!


If I had to do it over again, I would become a DO so I could do SMT, but get the benefits of MD status too. Indeed, there's no benefit with being a DC and the more I read about the so-called philosophy, this vitalistic dogma is unenlightening and sadly used as propaganda to exploit the naive and impressionable.


The saddest part of chiropractic are the loony charismatics like Big $id Williams, CJ Mertz, Bob Braille, Rongberg, and Guy Riekeman who all would be LAUGHED OUT OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION as charlatans, but in chiropracTIC, they are revered as saints by the stupid DCs who are mesmerized by their cultism. Indeed, too often it's embarrassing to be a DC, ya folla?


I encourage you all to read Dr. Joe Keating's book, Toward a Philosophy of Science of Chiropractic: A Clinician's Primer. It's an excellent recount of the dogma, anti-science and pseudo-science in chiropractic's history. Here's a sampling of Joe's insight:


“Chiropractic is a strange, wonderful, terrible, crazy, mixed-up profession. Its membership includes cowboys, hillbillies, clinicians, scholar and scientists. Its literature encompasses the wholly incompatible: from religion to science, and from reason and logic to fixed, irrational dogma. Its practitioners include the most genuine and skilled Mracus Welby (DC) types to the most outrageous quacks I’ve ever encountered. Chiropractors, I am convinced, collectively do a great deal of good for and some considerable harm to their patients. That chiropractic has survived at all in the face of 96 years of incredible persecution from the medical establishment is amazing. Above all else, chiropractic is never dull.”


 


If that doesn't entice you, nothing will, ya folla? And it only gets better! Every DC and student ought to read his book for frank objectivity.


 


May the Life Force be with this profession since it certainly needs it.


JCS



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Anonymous

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"They" needed to control us. Our big mistakes were:

1. B.J. made Chiropractic a science rather than a religion.

2. We accepted licensure.

3. We accepted insurance.



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