What kind of training does a Naturopathic Doctor have?
In order to become a Naturopathic Doctor, one must have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. This includes a minimum of three full years of pre-medical studies at a recognized university, followed by four years at an accredited Naturopathic college. Graduates may also choose to complete an additional two-year residency after their four-year training.
Are Naturopathic Doctors Registered/Licensed?
Yes. In Ontario, a Naturopathic doctor must be registered with the provincial government, through the regulatory college - College of Naturopathy of Ontario (CONO).
Can my Naturopathic doctor order blood work?
Yes. Naturopathic doctors can order similar tests that medical doctors have available to them. OHIP does not cover blood work requested by naturopaths; therefore, patients must pay the cost. Some benefits plans will cover the cost of testing requisitioned by a ND. Costs will vary depending on the test, but ranges from $2 to $200 or more.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by insurance?
Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health care plans. Check with your insurance company to see if our services are covered by your plan. If you have extended health insurance through your employer for services such as massage therapy, then you are probably covered for Naturopathic Medicine.
Can I claim Naturopathic Expenses on my Taxes?
Yes. You can claim your visits. Keep all your of your health care receipts together and give them to your accountant at the end of the year. The amount of your health care expense tax credit will depend how much you spend and your net income.
What can my Naturopathic doctor treat?
Naturopathic doctors are recognized as primary care practitioners, much like family medical doctors and nurse practitioners. As such, Naturopaths are able to treat a variety of conditions ranging from acute conditions to chronic conditions. For those individuals who choose to have a Medical doctor for primary care, a Naturopath can provide complementary therapy.