Cost Effectiveness of Acupuncture

Avoidance of Surgery
Twenty-nine patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee, each awaiting arthroplasty surgery, were randomized to receive a course of acupuncture treatment or be placed on a waiting list to receive similar acupuncture treatment starting 9 weeks later. Of the 29 patients, 7 were able to cancel their scheduled surgeries.
Cost savings: $9,000 per patient
Christensen BV et al (1992) “Acupuncture treatment of severe knee osteoarthrosis: a long-term study”, Acta Anesthesiol Scand 36:519-525.