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Alternative medicine a prickly subject

The GPs who say wacky alternative cures like herbs, hypnotism and Indian massage AREN'T hokum

Studies show hypnosis can produce measurable physiological benefits and a better quality of life Other, lesser-known therapies are not covered because there is no "proven evidence of therapeutic value," Slitt says. Aetna Inc. covers the same three services on some of its plans, with similar stipulations, says spokeswoman Anjie Coplin. For members of Kaiser Permanente's health maintenance organization, complementary and alternative treatments typically aren't covered under employer-sponsored and individual plans. If an employer chooses, they can add a supplemental plan to their coverage for services like chiropractic or acupuncture.
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Health law boosts status of alternative medicine -- at least on paper

Another common criticism is that homeopathy is a waste of money. It costs the NHS 4 million a year to run homeopathic hospitals and pay for remedies. This is against an annual drugs bill of 7 billion, with 230 million going on antidepressants alone. Homeopathy can provide effective remedies for colic, teething, sleep problems, night terrors and car sickness, but there are times when conventional medicines are best, says Dr Tim Robinson But there are conditions I'd never attempt to treat with homeopathy - it is no substitute for baby immunisations, as it will not produce the antibodies needed to protect against diptheria, polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus.
Read full article here: The GPs who say wacky alternative cures like herbs, hypnotism and Indian massage AREN'T hokum

Obamacare recognizes alternative medicine

Elizabeth Arden, spa, salon About four in 10 adults (and one in nine children) in the U.S. are using some form of alternative medicine, according to the National Institutes of Health. And with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the field could make even more headway in the mainstream health care system. That is, unless the fine print -- in state legislation and insurance plans -- falls short because of unclear language and insufficient oversight. One clause of the health law in particular -- Section 2706 -- is widely discussed in the alternative medicine community because it requires that insurance companies "shall not discriminate" against any health provider with a state-recognized license.
Read full article here: Health law boosts status of alternative medicine -- at least on paper

The law includes a provision that insurance companies ashall not discriminatea against any state-licensed health provider, Kaiser Health News reported. That would presumably include practitioners such as chiropractors. And, as the news outlet reported, several other parts of the law related to health and wellness give anods to alternative medicine.a But how much effect those provisions will have is still unknown. Each treatment acidosis state could implement them differently. Ohio has not made clear how it will interpret the rule, said Bharon Hoag , executive director of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. At present, he said, some insurers pay chiropractors less than they pay MDs for the same service, such as an initial examination or an X-ray.
Read full article here: Obamacare recognizes alternative medicine

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