Homeopathy Insurance Coverage

United Kingdom

Medical Insurance Companies and National Health Service

In general traditional and complementary medicine have to be paid out of pocket by most patients who opt for it, as compared to conventional medicine where it is covered by medical insurance and offered for low fees by government hospitals in many countries. Presently, there are many medical insurance companies that will cover homeopathic treatments in many countries.

Homeopathy is also offered under the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and this is available either by referral from a General Practitioner giving services under the NHS or from a General Practitioner who integrates Homeopathic treatment into their practice.[1]

Currently also there are many Medical Insurance companies in the UK which offer cover for Homeopathic treatment.

Among the Insurance companies that offer cover for Homeopathic treatment in the UK are the following companies.[2][3]

Name of companyWebsiteContact number
Avivahttp://www.aviva.co.uk/+44800 015 1013
Best Health Insurance Companyhttp://www.besthealthinsurance.co.uk/+44207 202 1390
Simply Health https://www.simplyhealth.co.uk +44800 980 7890
Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fundwww.bhsf.co.uk+44121 454 3601
Cigna UK http://www.cigna.co.uk/ +441475 492 187
National Deposit Friendly Societywww.nationalfriendly.co.uk+44117 973 9003
Healthshieldhttp://www.healthshield.co.uk+441270 588555

United States

In the US, there are doctors who prescribe homeopathic medicine and these doctors are reimbursable via health insurance companies. Besides medical doctors, there are other licensed health professionals who also prescribe homeopathic remedies. These include osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists as well as naturopaths.[4] Health insurance companies for the most part, with a few exceptions will cover the homeopathic treatments of these licensed health providers. The homeopaths that are not licensed are not likely to be covered by the health insurance companies.[5] For some companies where health care in provided, Complementary and Alternative  Medicine (CAM)  are likely to be covered by the company insurance, but, it may be subject to certain restrictions such as limited numbers of visits or paying extra, a fee known as CAM rider to cover the CAM therapies.[5] 

There are more than 100 health insurance companies in the USA. Among the top American Health Insurance companies are as follows:

 Name of company WebsiteContact     number 
Great Americanhttp://www.greatamericaninsurance.com/N/a
Kaiser Permenantehttps://www.kaiserpermanente.org/N/a
Insurance Care Directhttp://www.insurancecaredirect.com/


Business Health Insurancehttp://www.sbhi.net/

1 -866-961-8466

Private Health Associates UShttp://www.phahealth.us/1-866-360-3543
Blue cross blue shieldhttp://www.bcbs.com/N/a

European Countries

In the European Union countries, most of the health care delivery is by the state through various funding and just a small proportion is in the form of fee for service.[6] The insurance is either compulsory insurance or private voluntary insurance by a small percentage of the population. Most of the funding for health is by public taxation. There is also cost sharing by patients in a co-payment system where the patient has to pay a certain percentage of the pharmaceuticals used. This includes homeopathic remedies and other traditional and complementary medicine, which is prescribed by registered medical practitioners whether they are doctors or other traditional, and complementary medicine practitioners, which are licenses to practice. In a number of European countries including France and Germany, only registered practitioners can prescribe homeopathic medicine which is reimbursed by the health insurance.[7]


In Australia, almost all private insurance companies offer rebates for major traditional and complementary medicine therapies.[8] This trend is part of a general movement in Australia of a move to recognise and incorporate a lot of the complementary and alternative therapies into health care since there is a public demand for it. Australia is a country which has a universal health insurance called Medicare financed through income tax and an income tax related levy.[9] Medicare does not cover Homeopathic treatment but visits to registered Homeopaths are reimbursed by most health funds.[10] 

The following are some of the top health insurance funding companies in Australia.[9]

Name of companyWebsiteContact
CBHS Health Fund Limitedwww.cbhs.com.au+611300 654 123
International Medical Assistance Network (IMAN)www.iman.com.au+61 1 800 22 11
Medibank privatewww.medibank.com.au

+61 132 331 /
+ 613 8622 5780

Australian Health Insurance Associationwww.ahia.org.au+61 02 6202 1000
Teacher’s Union Healthwww.tuh.com.au+61 1300 360 701
Central West Health Coverwww.centralwesthealth.com.au+61 133 206

New Zealand

In New Zealand homeopathic treatment does not have state funding as in the United Kingdom and it is not covered under the National Health Scheme.[11] However, since there is a fee for every treatment even though it is partially funded, people still go for homeopathic treatment which they have to pay out of pocket if their practitioner is a non medical Homeopath which is most of the Homeopaths in New Zealand. For doctors who practice Homeopathy, the funding would cover some of the cost because the health care system covers treatment by partial funding.[12] 

Homeopathic remedies are not in the list of reimbursable medicine.[13] Private insurance companies only reimburse for visits to a medically qualified homeopath. 

Among the top New Zealand Health Insurance companies are as follows:

Name of companyWebsiteContact
Southern Cross Health Societyhttp://www.southerncross.co.nz/society+64 9 356 0900
Medical Insurance Society New Zealandhttp://www.medicals.co.nz/+64-4-478 8863
NZ Medicalhttp://www.nzmedical.co.nz/+64 800 269543


In India, health insurance companies do not cover homeopathic and other alternative treatment however; there are moves by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) [14] to approach the top insurance companies namely Star Health, Max Bupa and Apollo DKV Insurance in order to propose that these companies cover complementary medicine treatment. However, since homeopathic treatment is available for free in government homeopathy clinics and offered at a low fee by private practitioners it is affordable to the general public even without insurance cover.


In Pakistan, an international insurance company called Pacific Prime offers insurance cover for expatriates. It says on its website that alternative and complementary therapies are covered in its plan. Since Homeopathy is considered a complementary therapy this means that this insurance covers homeopathic treatment.[15] 

Homeopathic treatment is offered by government clinics where the treatment is free.[16] Above insurance company can be contacted as follows: 

 Name of companyWebsiteContact
Pacific Primehttp://www.pacificprime.com/countries/pakistan/

Head office:
Unit 1-11, 35th Floor
One Hung To Road.
Kwun Tong.
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3113 1331


In Japan, insurance cover only applies to registered medical practitioners and therefore consultation with a medical homeopath registered under the Japanese Medical Act is covered by National Health Insurance.[17] 

Less that 8 percent of medical doctors offer homeopathic treatment and it is Kampo, the traditional medicine of Japan that is the most widely practiced complementary and alternative medicine in Japan. Many Kampo medicines are listed in the Japanese National Health Insurance list and are reimbursable. Homeopathic medicine however, has yet to be available under the Japanese National Health Insurance.[18] The Japanese National Health Insurance is on a cost sharing basis where the patient pays a percentage of the costs, in addition to having an amount deducted from salary for the insurance premium payments. Medicine cost is also on a shared basis. 


In Malaysia, there is no insurance cover for Traditional and Complementary Medicine Modalities.[19] As is the case in Pakistan and other Asian countries, Pacific Prime Insurance Company offers insurance cover for alternative and complementary therapies in Malaysia for expatriates living in Malaysia.[20] As far as health care delivery is concerned, Government clinics offer health care for a minimal sum to all citizens and specialist care is also heavily subsidized. There is a move to introduce Traditional and Complementary therapies in Government clinics but Homeopathy is not yet being offered.[21] 

Thus, as far as insurance cover for homeopathic treatment goes, insurance companies are only just beginning to address the issue and some companies are already covering homeopathic treatment.  It may be found that homeopathic treatment for chronic diseases is less costly than conventional therapies.[22] 


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