Does Medicare Cover Hypnotherapy?
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Does Medicare Cover Hypnotherapy?

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By Daniel Petkevich

Nov 22, 2022

Know your options when seeking care

At Fair Square Medicare, we know that mental health care should not be ignored when discussing your healthcare needs. Hypnotherapy can be an important tool in addressing mental well-being. However, Medicare does not cover treatments generally deemed as alternative medicine, and hypnotherapy falls under that umbrella. So what are your options if you're interested in pursuing hypnotherapy but won't get Medicare coverage? Let's talk it through.

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What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis to change behaviors, perceptions, or even memory. It can be used in a variety of ways to treat various mental health issues, including phobias, addiction, and even chronic pain. Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for those who want to make changes in their lives without the use of prescription drugs or other more traditional methods. Another method for those who might not be interested in prescription drugs could be TMS to treat depression.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has many potential benefits, each of which depends on the particular goals and motivations of the individual. Some people find hypnotherapy helpful in reducing anxiety, coping with pain, and developing healthier habits. By helping individuals gain insight into their thoughts and feelings, hypnotherapy can also be beneficial for uncovering underlying issues that may contribute to emotional distress.

Alternatives to paying for hypnotherapy

Since Medicare does not cover hypnotherapy, there are other coverage options available. Some Medicare Advantage plans may provide coverage for certain types of alternative therapies, such as hypnotherapy. Additionally, many counselors and therapists offer sliding-scale payment plans that can reduce the cost of treatment. Lastly, some community health centers may offer free or low-cost services. It's important to check with your Medicare plan provider to understand what is covered and any associated costs.


At Fair Square Medicare, we are committed to helping all Medicare beneficiaries access the care they need, including mental health treatment. While Medicare does not cover hypnotherapy, alternative payment options are available to those seeking this form of therapy. We encourage you to contact your healthcare provider for more information about what is right for you. This content is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions about your Medicare plan, call us at 888-376-2028. Our Medicare experts are ready for you.

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