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November 11, 2003

The Reality of Insurance and Massage

I signed up last year to be part of a network of providers for an insurance program. The benefit to clients is that people can find me on the Internet and receive massage therapy services as an enhancement to their health plan at a discount.

Recently one of these clients found me through this plan. So, I worked last night and this morning for several hours slogging through an obtusely worded manual, printed out several forms that don't match the rest of my documentation, and reviewed required procedures that are different than my usual mode of practice. All of this extra time and expense for less money makes me wonder whether bringing insurance into the world of massage is practical or desirable. As therapists our rates are already lower than other medical professionals and as providers, we're required to slash our prices further to fit within this cumbersome network. I may not be renewing my membership with this plan.

Posted by linda at November 11, 2003 9:58 AM

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