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Please be aware that Osteopathy is not regulated, and Manual Osteopaths may have different coverage depending on the association they are affiliated with. Check with your benefits administrator for information about your group plan and benefits concerning coverage for the services of a manual osteopath. It is important to note that osteopathy treatment can not be billed directly to insurance companies. You will be given a receipt with the practitioner’s license number to submit to your insurance provider.
Canadians who pay for manual osteopathic care are eligible to claim the expenses as “medical expenses” in their annual personal income tax return to receive a deduction on their annual personal income tax payment.
This is applicable only to patients without a private extended healthcare plan. If the cost of manual osteopathic care is covered and paid by a third-party payor, the individual cannot use the receipt for a tax credit. However, the portion of the treatment that is not covered by the extended health plan (and paid by the patient) can be claimed as a medical expense in Canada. Consult with your accountant or financial professional to find the best option for your financial situation.
Most insurance companies in British Columbia do offer osteopathic coverage, but it depends on your individual plan. Upon payment, a receipt will be issued to you that you can then submit to your insurance company. You do not need a referral from your family doctor to see your osteopathic practitioner.