Paying for complementary treatments?


Question from Lanie M.: How can I pay for complementary treatments? Does insurance cover any of them?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. From state to state and from insurance carrier to insurance carrier, there are many different policies regarding complementary therapies. I know that in Pennsylvania, when a massage therapist is working for a chiropractor, many therapies can be covered. But this again would have to be checked on an individual basis. Hopefully in the future, the medical community as a whole will recognize the importance of these therapies and we will be able to affect globally their coverage by insurance companies.

On Wednesday, March 16, 2005, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Acupuncture and Touch Therapies. Mary-Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Tracy Walton, L.M.T., M.S., and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about acupuncture and touch therapies.

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