The rising stress level caused by fast-paced life is prompting people to look towards traditional treatments like Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy.
However, a few years back, health insurers were reluctant to cover alternative treatments. It is only allopathy that they trusted. But now slowly insurers have started including alternative treatments and this is quite a relief for policyholders looking out beyond allopathy.
Let’s dig deep into the health insurance coverage available for alternative or traditional treatments.
At present, there is no standalone health cover for traditional treatment. To get coverage for traditional treatment, one has to buy standard health insurance which covers non-allopathic medications. Some insurance companies also offer coverage under their group health policy on request.
To get coverage for alternative treatments, the patient should have undergone treatment in either a government hospital or an institute recognized by the government. Also, patients can choose to be treated in centres, which are recognized by the QCI (Quality Council of India) and the National Accreditation Board of Health (NABH).
The following traditional treatments are not covered by the insurer-
At present, the following insurance companies are covering alternative medicines under different health insurance plans-
Though the insurance coverage for traditional treatments has expanded, there are curbs on the amount and situations under which it can be availed. One should carefully verify the treatments covered by insurers to ensure the hassle-free claim settlement.
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