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Alternative Medicine Purchases Add Huge Cost to Total Health Care

If you have checked any pharmacy recently in the area where Vitamins and other over the counter products are sold you have to have been impressed by the large number of so called alternative medicines that are available.

There is a U.S. National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

This Center recently issued a report that Americans spent $33.9 billion out of pocket on Complimentary and Alternative medicines accounting for 1.5% of U.S. total health care expenditures.

U.S. adults also spent $11.9 billion on visits to CAM practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists.

I am not surprised at the amount of money spent on Complimentary and Alternative medicine in the United States. I think it is growing and very likely to continue to grow.