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Medical Expenses

Effective 2014, acupuncture and naturopath medical expenses will be eligible as a medical expenses.

A travel allowance ($0.435 per km in 2016) can be claimed as a medical expense for trips to receive medical attention. We recommend keeping a log of these kilometers. In order to claim travel expenses, the medical treatment must not be available locally (within 40 kilometers).

If you have to travel more than 80 kilometers for medical treatment, you may also be able to claim meal and accommodation expenses. For meals, you can claim a flat rate of $17/meal/person to a maximum of $51/day/person without receipts. For accommodation expenses, make sure to keep all of your receipts.

The maximum $10,000 limit for each eligible dependent has been eliminated, effective 2011.

Massage therapy is still not allowed as a medical expense in any circumstance as massage therapists do not meet the definition of medical practitioner in Alberta. As well, hot tubs and hardwood flooring are no longer allowable medical expenses as they increase the value of the dwelling.