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Americans Spent $4.1 Billion a Year on Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong


On July 30, 2009, National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a survey that shows Americans spent nearly $34 billion on out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) over the 12 months before the survey conducted in 2007. Among the $34 billion, $4.1 billion were spent on Yoga, Tai Chi and/or Qigong classes.


According to this survey - the 2007 National Health Interview Survey - CAM accounts for approximately 1.5 percent of total health care expenditures ($2.2 trillion˛) and 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket expenditures (conventional out-of-pocket: $286.6 billion˛ and CAM out-of-pocket: $33.9 billioną) on health care in the United States.


Of the $33.9 billion spent on CAM out-of-pocket, an estimated $22.0 billion was spent on self-care costs—CAM products, classes, and materials—with the majority going to the purchase of nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products ($14.8 billion) such as fish oil, glucosamine and Echinacea. U.S. adults also spent approximately $11.9 billion on an estimated 354.2 million visits to CAM practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.


To put these figures in context, the $14.8 billion spent on nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products is equivalent to approximately one-third of total out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs, and the $11.9 billion spent on CAM practitioner visits is equivalent to approximately one-quarter of total out-of-pocket spending on physician visits.


"These data indicate that the U.S. public makes millions of visits to CAM providers each year and spends billions of dollars for these services, as well as for self-care forms of CAM," said Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., MPH, lead author of the cost of complementary and alternative medicine analysis in this survey. "While these expenditures represent just a small fraction of total health care spending in the United States, they constitute a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs."




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