You cannot include in medical expenses the cost of a weight-loss program if the purpose of the weight loss is the improvement of appearance, general health, or sense of well-being. You cannot include amounts you pay to lose weight unless the weight loss is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease).
arthurb999 wrote:hmmm... would a doctor recommending massages for back pain count for hsa $$ too?
jimmyrules712 wrote:I'm curios on this one. I recently discovered that you can use an HSA account to pay for a personal trainer if it is recommended by a doctor (sidenote: you cannot use an HSA to pay for gym fees). This year I spent several hundred dollars on a personal trainer at the recommendation of my doctor that I need to lose weight.
Can I give myself a reimbursement from my HSA account to pay for those personal trainer fees? I'm assuming I need to get a note from my doctor documenting the recommendation in case I get audited and need receipts of the payments to the gym. Would that cover me?
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