Paying for complementary treatments?

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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.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Acupuncture and Touch Therapies featured Mary-Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Tracy Walton, L.M.T., M.S., and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about acupuncture and touch therapies.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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