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Some Insurance Companies Cover Acupuncture and Other Alternative Therapies
Insurance companies are starting to take notice, several managed care companies now recognize the validity of certain alternative practices and provide a complementary and alternative medicine program, which can provide insurance coverage for acupuncture, Yoga and other non-traditional procedures. Says a representative of Oxford Health Plans, “…there have been more studies that are evidence based that have shown the importance of alternative practices in addition to traditional medicine. We arranged for specific providers in specific specialties in alternative medicine to become part of our network through various quality driven means of measurement such as they needed to be licensed by the state, they needed to provide continuing education credits, we will also look at their actual office sites to make sure that they are up to the standards our members want”
For devotees of alternative medicine being able to obtain insurance coverage not only provides financial support for their treatments, but also adds a level of legitimacy and acceptance, which can also have a positive effect on healing. And for those that have never considered an alternative treatment, knowing that is going to have a fixed cost associated with it may encourage them to try. Driven largely by patient demand healthcare today is embracing more and more non-traditional therapies, representing a fundamental shift in the philosophy of most Western, or so called Modern Practioners. As Dr. Dillard puts it, ““We want to mix the best of the alternative medicine world, with the best things we have from the conventional medical world for the benefit of the patients. There’s good evidence that if you combine these things sensibly, you actually get better results and the happier, healthier patients.”
Or to put it another way: the test tubes and beakers of the science lab may seem in stark contrast to the herbs, roots and needles of the alternative medical practioner. However, it is by bringing together the proven healing arts of the past, and the modern technology of the present, that we may build a healthier future.