Payments, Insurance, Health Spending Accounts, and Tax Deductions
Payment is due at time of treatment.
My clinic accepts HSA or FSA cards, as well as cash, checks, and credit card. Ask for details.
Is acupuncture tax deductible?
Yes! So keep track of your treatments. The cost of acupuncture is deductible as a medical expense, as well as any herbs, and even your travel to and from the appointment, within the IRS Guidelines. Please consult with your accountant. Receipts are available for you in the clinic. Receipts can also be submitted for health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.
Does my Insurance Plan Cover This?
Acupuncture is covered by insurance, but you have to check to see whether it is covered by the plan you have. Even if acupuncture is 'covered, the insurance companies may put limits your coverage and may only allow a small number of visits a year.
To take insurance, I would have to follow their rules as to what I charge, how I treat, and how often your visits would actually be covered.
Let's make our own rules. How about I charge you the equivalent of what you might pay for an insurance 'co-pay' but with no strings attached, no limits on how often you can come? You pay about the same that you might have with a 'co-pay', there's less paperwork for both of us, and I can keep my costs down and pass the savings along to you! You can come when you would want, as often as you'd like, without any limits to your 'coverage'. Plus, cutting out the third party saves both of us time and quite frankly, saves a lot of trees. You can always use your HSA or FSA, or submit a receipt to your insurance, if you'd like. I can keep costs lower for everyone if I am not affiliated with an insurance company, but you still save money and have affordable care, available when YOU want it.
My clinic strives to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. People get better faster if they can come more frequently. Some practictioners charge upwards of $70 per treatment, even as much as $325 per treatment. For that much, who can afford to come as often as they need to? And then, who can afford to really get enough treatment to actually get better? I want the price structure to work for you, so that you can receive acupuncture regularly enough for it to make a significant difference in your life.
To allow you to come as often as YOU choose, acupuncture at my clinic is offered on an affordable sliding scale. There is an additional one-time paperwork fee for your first visit.
Acupuncture is very gentle but effective medicine. Like medication, the treatments have a 'therapeutic dose,' an amount that is needed to be effective. The maximum benefit from acupuncture often requires multiple treatments delivered with decreasing frequency. See this link for more.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely practiced medical procedures in the world, and it is gentle, safe, and effective for a stunningly wide range of conditions. Acupuncture can play an integral role in creating sustainable, community-based medicine if it is not too expensive for people to try, and to have access to enough treatments to actually get better.
My clinic can not bill insurance companies, because we use a sliding scale. (That's their rule, not ours.)
We do not transmit patient health records electronically. If you need us to send your information somewhere, we can do so via postal mail or by arranging for you to pick-up your records here in the clinic. (Standard copying and mailing fees apply.)