Many Americans are spending a significant amount of money on complementary and integrative health approaches – treatments which may not be covered by insurance. In fact, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, Americans spend an estimated $30.2 billion every year on natural products, visits to practitioners, and self-care approaches.
Before choosing a complementary health approach and investing in these treatments, it's important to understand their risks and benefits, as well as the scientific evidence behind them. Additionally, individuals should become aware of the payment process and inquire about costs and insurance coverage with their practitioners. Certain expenses may also be tax deductible, while the Federal Government offers health benefit programs for eligible individuals.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides science-based information about complementary health products and practices through its website, alongside research results from NCCIH-sponsored studies or clinical trials. However, it does not offer any financial assistance for those seeking healthcare services.
By educating themselves about the costs and coverage of complementary and integrative health approaches as well as reliable sources of information from reputable organizations like NCCIH, individuals can make informed decisions about their healthcare needs.