Are Naturopathic services covered by OHIP? Do you take insurance?
Visits to a Naturopathic Doctors are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP); however, most private extended health benefits from the workplace do cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. Each plan varies; please refer to the individual insurance plan for more information. Visits will have to be paid by the patient and then one must submit their receipt to their plan for reimbursement. Dr Nora ND does not do direct billing to insurance companies.
What happens if patient is under the care of a medical doctor?
The approach by which Dr. Nora ND practices is integrative, meaning that each patient has a team of practitioners and doctors that may consist of a medical doctor(s), naturopathic doctor(s), physiotherapist, counselor, massage therapist, Reiki therapist etc. who should work together for the overall well being of the patient. Depending on the health journey the patient is on at the time they may seek out different practitioner or combination of practitioners specific for that need; however, throughout it all there is collaboration and positive participation from all parties of the team. If the patient requests no communication between practitioners then that will be respected.
Is a naturopathic doctor able to order bloodwork or other laboratory analysis?
Yes, however, this service is not covered under OHIP. There are specific labs that will accept the requisition for lab work. If there is a requirement for laboratory testing then the naturopathic doctor will refer you to the appropriate and convenient location.
What training do Naturopathic Doctors have? Are they licensed?
To obtain the credential of Naturopathic doctor (ND), the following criteria must be met:
- Completed a pre-medical university degree with cumulative 3.0 GPA on a four point scale.
- Completion of a 4-year full-time accredited Naturopathic Medicine program with supervised clinical experience.
- Passing of the North American wide Naturopathic Physician Licensing Exam (NPLEX I and II) and province specific board exam with practicum.
- Complete requirements for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on an ongoing basis.
To confirm if a Naturopathic Doctor is licensed to practice in Ontario, one can refer to collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca/ or call 416-866-8383 to reach the regulatory body for Ontario NDs (College of Naturopaths of Ontario)
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Is Naturopathic Medicine the same as homeopathy?
No. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the following modalities acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic manipulation, nutrition, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, holistic counseling, and massage. Homeopathy is just one of the many tools that naturopathic doctors use to help patients. A naturopathic doctor may use homeopathy in combination with other modalities such as nutrition or acupuncture to treat a patient depending on their concerns. Homeopaths; however, are only trained in practicing homeopathy and do not use any other treatment methods.