Does Your Health Insurance Cover Alternative Medicine?

March 9, 2015 2:45 PM

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About a third of U.S. adults use some form of alternative medicine, and most of them likely pay for it out of their own pocket. Alternative methods – from supplements to acupuncture – are used in preventive care as well as the treatment of chronic and acute conditions, but they often aren’t covered by health insurance.

There isn’t one reason why people choose alternative approaches over traditional medicine. One study published in Social Science & Medicine found that patients who choose a homeopath over a general practitioner are likely to do so because of “disenchantment with, and bad experiences of, traditional ...

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