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Portion of the cost of seeing practitioner for acupuncture covered by health insurance

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For sample adults and children in 2012 whose visits to a practitioner for acupuncture in the past 12 months were (at least partly) covered by health insurance, ACUPORT reports whether all or just some of the cost of seeing a practitioner for acupuncture was covered by health insurance.

Acupuncture was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Alternative Health Supplements.


The 2012 Field Representative's Manual defines acupuncture as:

Acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."

Related Variables
Additional information about the use of acupuncture was collected for respondents who reported using acupuncture in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency and cost of use. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to explore these variables.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children of ages 4-17 whose visit(s) to a practitioner for acupuncture in the past 12 months were (at least partly) covered by health insurance.


  • 2012