How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?
Naturopathic Doctors are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of pre-medical training at a University then complete 4 years of post-graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic Medical school. Prior to completion of training, Naturopathic Medical students must complete written and practical licensing exams in order to obtain licensure in BC. In order to maintain your license as a Naturopathic Doctor in BC you are required to complete continuing education credits each year.
Are my visits covered by health insurance?
Currently, Naturopathic Doctor visits are not covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP) in BC, other than a small portion if you have premium assistance status. However, most extended benefit plans cover services provided by Naturopathic Doctors. More extended health benefits are providing a ‘health spending account’ where all of your extended health benefits could theoretically be directed to Naturopathic services in which case 100% of your fees would be covered. Check with your extended benefit plan to see what your plan covers.
Is there tax on visits and services provided by a Naturopathic Doctor?
Visits with your Naturopathic Doctor are tax exempt, while treatment recommendations including natural health products are not tax exempt. In BC, Naturopathic Doctor fees can be applied to medical tax credits.
Can Naturopathic Doctors prescribe pharmaceuticals?
Yes, there is a prescribing course and examination that Naturopathic Doctors are required to complete prior to being able to prescribe pharmaceuticals. Dr. Stephanie has completed the requirements to prescribe pharmaceuticals in BC.
What should I expect in my first visit with Dr. Stephanie?
Initial visits are 90 minutes in length. During this visit there will be a thorough investigation into your current and past medical history. Pertinent physical examination will also be done at this appointment such as listening to your heart or lungs. Any necessary diagnostic testing will be ordered at this visit and there will be ample opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You will leave this visit with a treatment plan and follow-up visits vary from 30 to 60 minutes in length depending on the complexity of your case.