Your Questions, Answered
IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE COVERED BY MEDICAL INSURANCE?
Naturopathic medicine is not covered by MSP; however, if you are on Premium Assistance, MSP will reimburse you for a portion of the cost of the visit, up to a total of 10 visits per calender year for any combination of visits to a naturopathic physician, chiropractor, physiotherapist and massage therapist. Most extended medical insurance plans provide coverage for naturopathic medicine up to a yearly maximum. Contact your insurance provider for more details.
ARE NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS LICENSED TO PRESCRIBE PHARMACEUTICALS IN BC?
Yes, as of the fall 2010, legislation was passed to allow licensed NDs practicing in BC, authority to prescribe a wide range of pharmaceutical medications. This was initiated to provide NDs, as primary care physicians, the ability to appropriately manage patient medications, and prescribe in emergency situations or when deemed necessary for the patient. This also allows NDs access to a number of traditional medicines that have become restricted for use without prescriptive authority.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM AN INITIAL AND RETURN VISIT?
Initial visits typically last 90 mins and are designed to collect as much information as possible to begin an individualized treatment plan for you. You will be asked questions regarding your current health problems, past medical history, family medical history, and general markers of health (among other things). A physical exam may be performed and appropriate lab testing may be ordered. Following this, return visits will be scheduled to commence the treatment plan and monitor improvements on your journey to optimal health. Return visits are shorter, usually lasting 30 mins.
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