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Duke Medicine: Duke Integrative Medicine now accepts insurance

Posted April 9, 2012 8:01 p.m. EDT

Duke Integrative Medicine is now accepting health insurance for physician consultations, nutrition consultations, and health psychology, including behavioral health consultations and psychotherapy. Pediatric integrative medicine will also be covered for children over age five.

Duke Integrative Medicine integrates Western scientific medicine with proven complementary therapies to address the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and community.

The change in how patients can pay for services opens up this model of care to a larger segment of the population, says Dr. Adam Perlman, executive director of Duke IM.

“Part of our challenge has been to broaden access,” says Perlman. “We take a very comprehensive approach to working with patients. How someone is feeling emotionally and spiritually, how they are dealing with stress and their physical environment, how connected they feel to loved ones and community can all have an impact on well-being. We want to partner with them and guide them through all aspects of their health, and insurance will allow us to do that for a much broader segment of the population.”

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