Public health benefits often lack the additional coverage Australians need to remain healthy and pain-free. Private health insurance, on the other hand, can offer cover for dental, optical and chiropractic treatments so many Australians find essential.
This is especially true for individuals who suffer from severe lower back pain. This condition can prevent individuals from enjoying life to the fullest, and a new report reveals one common way people are told to rid themselves of the pain may not prove particularly effective. The Paracetamol for Low-Back Pain Study found this painkiller is no more effective than a placebo for this type of pain.
As it's become more apparent conventional relief isn't providing much help to patients, more individuals may turn away from painkillers and towards alternative methods, like chiropractic services.
The Provision of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Osteopathic Services Within the Australian Private Health-care System: A Report of Recent Trends revealed that the "majority of benefits paid for these services come from the private sector". And chiropractors are seeing more patients – in 2012 they performed two-and-a-half times the number of services physiotherapists did and four-and-a-half times osteopaths did.
This increasing interest in chiropractic may reveal more Australians are turning to private health insurance for access to services that can help them reduce or manage back pain, as opposed to relying on methods that don't seem to work, such as taking over-the-counter painkillers.