1. Check your benefits booklet. Homeopathic coverage is typically listed under “Extended Health Services” under “Paramedical Practitioners” or “Paramedical Services” section.
Here is a screen shot of what a booklet wording looks like with Desjardins, one of the insurers that provides homeopathic coverage.
2. Most insurance companies require that your practitioner is operating within a recognized professional association (like the BC Society of Homeopaths). Check with your insurer to make sure that the practitioner you’re working with has a professional designation and/or education that is recognized by the Insurer.
3. Useful tip: if you have a PDF version of your benefits booklet (and many booklets can be downloaded in PDF format from your insurer or your internal Human Resources website), you can click “CTRL +F” which allows you to search through a PDF document by simply typing “homeopath” in a search window that pops up
4. If you cannot find locate your booklet: check with your Human Resources department and see if they can provide you with a copy.
5. You found your booklet, but no mention of homeopath. Now what? Check if you have a “HealthCare Spending Account” in place. Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA) is meant to top up your coverage and should cover expenses that are considered an eligible medical expense under the Income Tax Act.
6. For more information about what’s considered an eligible medical expense under the Income Tax Act, see:
7. No homeopathic coverage and no HCSA either? Check if you’re covered under your spouse’s benefits plan. If your spouse has “family” coverage with his/her employer, then there is a good chance that you’re covered under his/her plan.
8. Self- employed and no benefits? No company is too small for a quality benefits plan. Contact your employee benefits advisor who can assist with you with gathering quotes and outlining options available to your company.
9. Did you know? It’s very inexpensive to add Homeopathic coverage to your group plan! Ask your employer if they ever considered adding this coverage. Many insurance companies are able offer this coverage, especially if requested.
10. Need help figuring out if you’re covered and/or if you can get covered? Contact Irina Robertson, Health & Benefits Consultant at Morneau Shepell. firstname.lastname@example.org or 778.327.5384 to review your health plan and/or booklet at NO CHARGE.