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Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Chiropractic is technically considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). As a result, coverage for chiropractic care varies as much as seasonal fashion trends. For example, Medicare Part B (medical insurance) pays for basic chiropractic care, or manipulation of the spine and nervous system. However, it will not cover your initial physical exam, X-rays, physical therapy, orthopedic devices, vitamins and supplements, and evaluation services. So before you schedule a date with a chiropractor, call your insurance provider or invest in a set of quality magnifying glasses to examine the fine print of your plan to figure out what type of chiropractic care (if any) is covered.

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