Health Care Overview

Cost Containment - Senior Care

• Medical payments for podiatry care were almost $1 billion in 1995. This represented 2% of all Medicare outlays and continues to rise through 2008 (1)

• The cost of non-managed podiatry care is increasing 12% per year vs. only 8% for physicians (2)

• Podiatry procedures to Medicare patients increased from 13.7 mil. in 1986 to 25 mil. in 1991 (3)

• Researchers found that patients with a foot ulcer who had podiatric care had a 15% lower risk of amputation and a 17% lower risk of hospitalization than those who did not visit a podiatrist (4)

• Podiatry Plan makes conservative care an important component of preventive care for Seniors.

Footnotes:
(1) APMA Alert, American Podiatric Medical Association, Bethesda, MD, October 17, 1996
(2) APMA Alert, American Podiatric Medical Association, Bethesda MD, October 17, 1996
(3) Health Policy Alternatives, APMA News, October 1993
(4) Gibson, Teresa, Thomson: Reuters Market Scan Research Database, Health Day 2010, Aug.

Cost Containment - Workers' Compensation

• 9% of all non-fatal work injuries under Workers’ Compensation occurred to ankle, foot or toes (1)

• In one group study, when patients who may have been treated with elective foot surgery were given custom orthotics instead, 97% were relieved of that specific complaint—eliminating the need for surgery (2)

• Insurance funds and self-funded plans have realized that braces, orthoses or shoes are proven instruments of conservative care which are very effective in reducing health care costs while limiting complications from surgical treatment. A podiatry program that contains these benefits can significantly reduce costs.

Footnotes:
(1) 1991, California Work Injuries, Department of Industrial Relations, August 1992
(2) Moraros and Hodge, Journal of the American Podiatric Association, Vol. 83, March 1993

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