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Using Your HSA/FSA to Purchase a Sauna - West Coast Saunas

Using Your HSA/FSA to Purchase a Sauna

Is a Sauna HSA Eligible?

TrueMed enables you to acquire our saunas at a reduced price using your HSA/FSA!

Numerous studies highlight the extensive mental and physical health benefits of regular sauna use, including enhanced cardiovascular health, lowered stress levels, and increased relaxation.

Emphasizing these significant health advantages is crucial for ensuring sauna sessions are both affordable and accessible to a broad audience. Owning a sauna at home removes the necessity for expensive spa visits, fostering a more personalized and consistent wellness practice. It's a valuable health investment with both immediate and lasting benefits.

Understanding the potential cost barrier, we're excited to share our collaboration with TrueMed. This partnership allows you to purchase our saunas using your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA), helping you save money while enhancing your health and well-being.

What’s an HSA?

If you don’t have one yet, simply put, an HSA, or health savings account, is a tax-advantaged account that lets you save money to pay for qualified health and medical expenses. 

Contributing to an HSA lowers your taxable income, and the money in the account accrues without incurring taxes. Funds from health savings accounts can cover qualified medical expenses such as copayments, prescription medications, dental services, and more, all tax-free.

Moreover, HSA funds are not subject to expiration and can be utilized for your spouse and dependents. Plus, your HSA remains with you, even if you switch employers or enter retirement.

Tip: To contribute to an HSA, you’ll typically need to be enrolled in an HSA-eligible plan. Eligible plans are available through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

What’s an FSA?

An FSA, or flexible spending account, is a little similar to an HSA. While HSAs are owned by you, FSAs are mostly offered by employers. FSA funds allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible medical expenses like insurance copayments, deductibles, prescription drugs, and medical devices. 

You can put part of your paycheck into this account before taxes are taken out, which means you pay less tax.

FSA funds generally need to be used within a fiscal year. Any money left in your account will be lost after the grace period.

What’s the Difference between FSA and HSA?

As of February 2024, the table below shows the difference between both accounts:


Health Savings Account (HSA)

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)


Must be enrolled in an HDHP

Available with any type of health insurance through an employer

Contributions (2024)


$4,150 limit for individuals and $8,300 for families

Pre-tax through payroll deductions

$3,200 individual limit

Roll Over

Funds roll over indefinitely

“Use it or lose it” policy—funds must be used by the end of the plan year or before grace period


Owned by the individual; can be taken from job to job

Owned by the employer; not portable if you change jobs

Investment Options

Funds can be invested, potentially increasing in value over time

Generally, no investment options; acts more like a spending account

Qualified Expenses

Available for a wide range of medical expenses, including future medical costs

Must be used for current year medical expenses; limited carryover options

Tax Advantages

Contributions, investment growth, and withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are tax-free

Contributions are pre-tax, reducing taxable income

Details above come from the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). As regulations and policies can evolve, we recommend visiting the IRS website regularly to stay updated on any changes that might affect your decisions or actions.

Have an FSA? Don’t put more money than what you think you’ll spend on qualified medical expenses for FSA funds.

Why Are Our Saunas Eligible for HSA/FSA?

Wellness products—a traditional sauna, cold plunge bath, steam room, etc.—are increasingly becoming recognized for their benefits on a person’s physical and mental health. They can be instrumental in managing and treating chronic conditions. 

With Truemed, our customers can effectively use their HSA/FSA funds to purchase a sauna. 

The key to using your HSA/FSA funds for a sauna purchase is obtaining a letter of medical necessity (LMN). This letter justifies your sauna as a necessary medical expense for treating or alleviating a specific condition. 

A letter of medical necessity is essentially a recommendation from a healthcare provider that outlines your medical condition and explains why a sauna is essential for your treatment. HSAs and FSAs are regulated by the IRS, which only allows these funds to be used for eligible medical expenses—unqualified expenses will get a 20% tax penalty.

Simply put, the process with Truemed at West Coast Saunas makes it straightforward for you to use your HSA or FSA. When you’re ready to buy a sauna from us, you’ll fill out a form to determine eligibility. 

Based on your responses, eligibility for an LMN is determined. If eligible, you’ll receive your LMN. You can now use your HSA or FSA funds toward your purchase of our saunas.

What Are the Benefits of Buying a Sauna with HSA/FSA?


Utilizing your HSA or FSA funds allows you to benefit from tax-advantaged purchasing, saving you an estimated 30–40%. Saunas are now officially recognized as eligible for medical expense deductions, thanks to their well-documented benefits to both mental and physical well-being.

To emphasize, both traditional and infrared saunas contribute to enhanced blood circulation, bolstered immune function, alleviation of fatigue, stress reduction, and thorough detoxification.

These saunas heat the body in a way that can mirror the cardiovascular benefits seen with low-intensity exercise, provide relief from various ailments, facilitate skin detoxification, and improve skin appearance through boosted collagen production.

How to Use Your HSA/FSA for Your Sauna Purchase

If your HSA/FSA debit card does not have sufficient funds for the full purchase amount:

  1. On the product page, click on the “Get pre-qualified” link. Fill in the details.
  2. Once healthcare providers we’ve partnered with determine eligibility and you are approved, you will be issued an LMN specifically for your purchase.
  3. Once you receive your LMN, use your personal credit card or PayPal to complete the purchase on our website.
  4. After your purchase, follow the reimbursement instructions sent to you to submit your receipts and LMN to your HSA/FSA provider.

If your HSA/FSA debit card has sufficient funds for the full purchase amount:

  1. Add items to cart and check out.

Select TrueMed - Pay with HSA/FSA as payment option

- Eligible to US residents only

- Eligible only for use with your HSA or FSA card

  1. Follow the steps on TrueMed and enter your HSA or FSA card details.
  2. Fill in a short and secure eligibility form.
  3. Complete your purchase!
  4. Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding HSA/FSA sauna purchases.

Maximize Your Savings as Well as Your Well-Being

Investing in your health doesn’t need to gouge a hole in your wallet. We believe in the transformative power of saunas for both mental and physical health and strive to make them accessible to everyone. 

By making our saunas eligible for purchase with HSAs or FSAs funds, we aim to make them more financially viable for you.

West Coast Saunas offers a wide variety of world-class traditional and infrared saunas you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Experience the benefits of heat therapy with your own private sauna today!

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