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People with persistent pain who used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) had lower average health care expenditures than nonusers ($3,797 versus $4,153).

Lind, Bonnie K, William E Lafferty, Patrick T Tyree, and Paula K Diehr. Comparison of Health Care Expenditures Among Insured Users and Nonusers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Washington State: A cost minimization analysis. J Altern Complement Med. 2010; 16(4): 411-17. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2009.0261

Reference

Title
Comparison of Health Care Expenditures Among Insured Users and Nonusers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Washington State: A cost minimization analysis
Publication
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Lind, Bonnie K, William E Lafferty, Patrick T Tyree, and Paula K Diehr
Volume & Issue
Volume 16, Issue 4
Pages
411-17
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