Covering alternative therapies

Traditional concerns about tax implications and costs give way to rising employee demand
By Tim Clarke
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/10/2007

As health-care consumers are becoming more aware of alternative therapies such as naturopathy or traditional Chinese medicine, more and more employees are increasingly asking whether their company’s benefit plan will pay for these treatments.

The answer may depend on what type of coverage they have. Services could be covered by the company’s core benefit plan, a health spending account (HSA) or an employer-sponsored wellness initiative.

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