Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using a modern medicine as well as a culmination of traditional natural therapies from around the world, some of which have been used for over 3,000 years. Naturopathic medicine is based on the Hippocratic Oath and six main principles:
As described above, naturopathic medicine is an umbrella term for many natural healing therapies from around the world. One of those is homeopathic medicine . Naturopathic doctors are regulated by provincial agencies in most provinces and in BC by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC. Homeopathic practitioners usually only practice homeopathy and are as yet unregulated by any government body.
Naturopathic doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine who have at least seven years of post-secondary education. This includes a minimum of a 3-year undergraduate university degree and 4 years at one of the five accredited naturopathic institutions in North America. Naturopathic physicians are trained in the basic medical sciences including: anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. They complete an internship, which involves treating patients in a clinical setting. Graduates must pass rigorous provincial and international licensing examinations prior to registration as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Naturopathic doctors are trained to know when to refer patients to other health care practitioners.
The first visit requires 1 hour to do a full case taking and a brief physical exam. The cost of this visit is $120.00. At this visit further diagnostic tests may be recommended. Often, treatment can be started at the first visit. The following may be part of the treatment plan:
Follow up visits are usually 2-4 weeks later and cost $40-$60 for 15-30 minutes. All prices are subject to HST.
MSP Premium Assistance
If all or part of your MSP premium is covered by the government (i.e. income below $24,000) then you also get 10 subsidized visits a year to complimentary practitioners (naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists) combined. MSP Premium Assistance may be used for a 15 minute follow up visit or to subsidize a Bowen or EFT visit bringing the cost down to $55.00.
Extended Health Care
Most extended health care plans include naturopathic medicine with varying limits depending on your plan. Usually most of the visit cost is covered and possibly some lab tests, but not the prescribed remedies. However, you can use the full total of your receipt when claiming medical expenses for income tax.