Teachers are no longer covered for acupuncture… It has come to our attention that the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) no longer provides coverage for acupuncture performed by Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners(R.TCMP)/Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac) who are Members of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
Teachers deserve to be treated by R.TCMP’s/R.Ac’s, the most highly skilled practitioners with the best possible care and treatment outcomes with acupuncture.
Please find below a letter to help guide discussions with any teachers you may know and even the public, in general. The public needs to be aware of the differences in acupuncture offered by R.TCMP’s/R.Ac’s versus what is offered by other regulated health professions or there will be similar erosion of coverage for our services by other insurance plans.
We, as multiple Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture associations, unite together in response to the overuse of opioids in Ontario. We strongly believe that the best course of action to address this crisis is through non-pharmacologic alternatives. Opioid abuse and opioid-related deaths are an epidemic in Ontario and non-opioid alternatives have been proven to be effective, safer, and more cost-effective in the long-term treatment of chronic pain.
Our healthcare system has become dependent on the use of opioid as a primary means of addressing chronic pain. However, supported evidence-based research has displayed significant potential for non-drug alternatives.
Please find a letter below for more information on the opioid crisis and non-pharmacologic alternative.