Is Acupuncture Covered by OHIP?
No, acupuncture is not convered by OHIP, but many residents of Ontario wish that OHIP did cover it. You can send a letter to your Member of Provincial Parliament and ask them to lobby for OHIP to cover acupuncture. Acupuncture is often covered by extended health care plans. If you have an extended health care plan, you may be covered for up to $1000 per year for acupuncture services.
Acupuncturists charge an initial fee for the first treatment. Your first meeting includes a Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis. Make sure your TCM practitioner includes a diagnosis. If you do not get a diagnosis, seek a different practitioner because this is the most important part of the treamtent process.
In Ontario, Acupuncture can range between $50 and $150 per treatment. The number of treatments you need is based on how long you have had your health issue, your lifestyle and how often you get acupuncture.
If paying for acupuncture is too expensive for you, there are community clinics which allow you pay choose your fee. Community Acupuncture is done in a group setting often in reclining chairs for comfort. This style of acupuncture may not always get to the root cause of your problem. Community acupuncture may not provide sufficienttime to go deep into your specific case. It is a viable option because some acupuncture is better than no acupuncture.
Is Chinese Herbal Medicine Covered by OHIP?
Just like Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine is not covered by OHIP. Extended health care plans do not cover Chinese Herbal Medicine. The cost for herbal medicine can range between $30 and $80 per week depending on your herbal formula. The majority of people pay for Chinese Herbal Medicine out of pocket.