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Bill would allow Medicare coverage for self-treatment

A bill (H.R. 4375) introduced in Congress by Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) would allow Medicare to cover the cost of patient-administered alternative treatments when they are cheaper than drugs that the program would otherwise cover. The bill also directs the federal government to research and list alternative treatments that would qualify for coverage. Self-administered vitamin D tablets for dialysis patients are an example of a treatment that could be covered by Medicare if the bill is signed into law. The tablets cost about $8.50 per week, while the conventional treatment-vitamin D injections administered by a health care professional-cost $40-80 per week.

Whole Foods Magazine, June 2000.

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