Paying for alternative treatments

Research is increasingly demonstrating the effectiveness of certain complementary/alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, yoga, meditation and biofeedback for chronic pain, reduced mobility and other ailments. Why then are more insurance companies not paying for them? I think more of us need to “vote with our feet” by demanding coverage for proven alternative treatments and switching to insurance companies that pay for them. We and the health care system will all benefit. As one study found, support for lifestyle changes that prevent disease is far cheaper than hospitalization and expensive pills!

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Filed under acupuncture, Chronic Pain, Health, Tai Chi

2 responses to “Paying for alternative treatments

  1. Great post – much needed,

    Duane

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  2. It sounds good. Here in the UK we have the National Health Service (NHS) which comes out of our taxes, so we don’t need health insurance. It is hard to get any alternative therapies on the NHS. Germany however is a lot more progressive that way.

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