With costs of healthcare dramatically rising over the world and the rise in new attitudes around what constitute effective treatment, a lot more people are turning towards holistic health practitioners to maintain their well-being. However patients and practitioners face many challenges in transforming and working with the conventional health system.
For example, in England, the National Health Service covers primary healthcare for all residents. To get more extensive coverage and faster access to care, patients may choose a private insurance like AVIVA that covers osteopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. According to an article in the Guardian, the latest recession cause private health insurance to take a dive, causing many to lose an affordable access to alternative healthcare service that may greatly benefit their well-being.
In the US, doctors like Dean Ornish have been successful in getting Yoga classes covered by Medicare as part of the treatment of heart disease. Still, there is much more work to do to regulate, understand and fund holistic and alternative health practices.
Do you think health insurance should cover alternative health treatments?