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Explosive Growth in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Chiropractic and Oriental medicine are not only fulfilling careers, they’re areas of medicine with incredible potential and booming growth. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is revolutionizing the medical marketplace.

CAM in the U.S.

  • The CAM marketplace is valued at over $24 billion with a growth rate of almost 15% annually
  • Over 29 health insurers and HMOs currently cover CAM therapies
  • 56% of Americans – and 50% of physicians – surveyed believe that health plans should cover alternative therapies
  • 60% of physicians have referred patients to CAM practitioners
  • In 2002, the White House Commission on CAM issued a report advocating integrating CAM modalities into the healthcare system

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Chiropractic Grows

  • Department of Labor growth projections for doctors of chiropractic predict that employment will grow faster than average as complementary healthcare grows
  • Our Career Development Center regularly posts over 2,000 opportunities in chiropractic with daily updates and additions

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Blossom

  • Oriental Medicine is an under-populated profession – there are 700,000 licensed physicians in the U.S. yet only 15,000 licensed acupuncturists, creating tremendous opportunity
  • Since 1992, the budget of the NIH’s National Center for CAM has expanded from $2 million to over $100 million, funding more research in Oriental medicine and other CAM modalities
  • Acupuncture is a licensed profession in more than 40 states
  • A 2001 survey showed that 67% of NYS hospitals utilize various CAM therapies including acupuncture and predicted future growth

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