Like the medical and wellness fields, health insurance has changed a lot in the past several decades as new scientific discoveries have surfaced and alternative medicine has grown.
But, despite significant expansion to meet the changing health needs of the general population, deciphering insurance benefits to determine what’s covered and what’s not covered is still a challenge. And, unfortunately, some plans are still a bit behind the times when it comes to alternative medicine, like IV therapy.
Whether or not IV therapy is covered by insurance is a question we get from our clients frequently, and, unfortunately, the answer is usually: it depends.
What is IV therapy?
IV therapy is the intravenous administration of fluids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients either to support the treatment of a health condition or as part of a regular wellness regimen.
While IV therapy has been used for decades in hospitals to aid in rehydration and administration of medication, it has just recently entered the health and wellness space as a more efficient and effective way to get vital nutrients into the body.
IV therapy is not for everyone, but there are a few different scenarios in which IV therapy could be incredibly beneficial, which we’ll dive into a bit later.
Is IV therapy covered by insurance?
As is true with most procedures or treatments that occur outside of a hospital setting, IV therapy may not be covered by your insurance plan unless prescribed by a doctor. Luckily, there are lots of situations in which a doctor may recommend IV therapy, like:
- If you suffer from vitamin deficiencies
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you’re an athlete in need of quicker recovery
Even without a doctor’s prescription, some insurance companies do recognize the health benefits of IV therapy and will cover a portion (or the entirety) of your treatment, so it’s certainly worth checking with your insurance provider to see if IV therapy is included in your health plan.
If you’re not sure how to contact your insurance company, try looking at the back of your card for a customer service line or logging in to their online portal to look for a benefits lookup or a support contact.
Why invest in IV therapy for your health?
While IV therapy may or may not be covered by your current insurance plan, it may still be a worthy investment if any of the reasons we listed before apply to you or if you’re just looking for a super-targeted, effective way to get essential nutrients into your body for overall wellness.
Depending on the specific IV drip you choose, you can gain a host of benefits, like:
- Boosted immune system (check out Ozone IV therapy for its immune benefits)
- Quicker rehydration (making it an excellent treatment if you’re battling a hangover)
- Slower aging (check out NAD IV therapy for its anti-aging benefits)
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved skin
While it’s rare that insurance companies will cover IV therapy unless you’re in a hospital or the ER, IV therapy is still a worthy investment if you’re looking for a new addition to your health and wellness routine!
Insurance or not, if you’re ready to reap the benefits of IV therapy to boost your health and wellness, the team at 10X Health is ready to help you get started! Book your appointment online at either our Aventura, FL, or Scottsdale, AZ location today!