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    Default Filing Taxes With Medical Claims

    Hi,
    I am wondering about what I can claim as a deduction regarding medical. I have a plan through work. Can I claim premiums? Can I claim what I've been reimbursed for, or only what expenses I paid for above and beyond my coverage? For example, I only paid a small deductible for dental and then I was reimbursed the rest. What can I actually claim for dental? Also, I was reimbursed for my eye exam but had to pay for some new glasses myself. Can I claim both of those expenses? As you can see I have lots of questions.
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    Hi there,

    I've replied to the second post but thought I would reiterate that you can only claim the costs that you were NOT reimbursed for. You don't get credit for something a third party paid for.

    In terms of allowable expenses - almost everything you paid for that wasn't reimbursed that is eye related (glasses/exams) and dental plus chiropractics, orthotics, massage, physio, and certain counselling services where performed by a registered therapist. You can also claim most assisitive devices where required for mobility or the requirements of daily living (hearing/speach etc) along with certain renovations to enhance access. You can also claim tutoring expenses for a child if required by doctor (ie ADD or ADHD or diagnosed learning requirements).

    You can claim prescriptions if prescribed by a doctor but you CAN'T claim anything you could also buy over the counter (even if prescribed by a doctor - ie supplements/herbs/vitamins etc).

    Cosmetic treatments are no longer deductible unless there is a medical reason for them. Note that Lasik surgery is specifically allowed.

    The list is huge and honestly it's constantly changing - if you go with the premise that it's not so much the treatment or the thing ... but rather who is performing it (a medical practitioner) then you'll have a good start to the claims.

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    Thanks for your reply -- this helps a lot. Oh, and sorry for asking almost the same question twice. I couldn't see my question posted after I clicked return and I was really in need of an answer.
    Cheers!

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    No problem ....

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