Insurance Coverage for Complementary Health Approaches Among Adult Users: United States, 2002 and 2012

NCHS Data Brief. 2016 Jan;(235):1-8.


Data from the 2002 and 2012 National Health Interview Surveys. Between 2002 and 2012, the use of acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy increased among adults who did not have health insurance coverage for these complementary health approaches. No change in use was observed among those who had coverage for these approaches. While 60% of adults who saw a practitioner for chiropractic had at least some health insurance coverage for this approach, far fewer adults seeing a practitioner for acupuncture (25%) or massage therapy (15%) had coverage for these approaches. Adults who saw practitioners for acupuncture and chiropractic-and had health insurance coverage for these approaches-were more likely to have partial than complete coverage.

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Complementary Therapies / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage / statistics & numerical data*
  • Manipulation, Chiropractic / statistics & numerical data
  • Massage / statistics & numerical data
  • United States