New Patient FAQs
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by Alberta Health Care?
Naturopathic medicine has joined the other regulated health professions under the Health Professions Act of Alberta. Naturopathic Medicine is not currently covered by AHC; however, many private insurance companies do offer coverage. You will be provided with a receipt after your visit enabling you to submit a claim for reimbursement.
What is the difference between my Medical Doctor and a Naturopathic Doctor?
Both an MD and ND are well versed in pathologies, skilled in performing physical examinations, interpreting lab exams, and understanding pharmacology and drug-herb-vitamin interactions. The difference lies in the treatments that are prescribed as well as the approach offered to each patient.
How long does it take to get better? What do I have to do as the patient?
The time to get better varies for each individual depending on the concern(s) one presents with, and the length of time that the individual has had the concern(s). As the patient, you are an active participant in your quest to achieve optimal health. Thus, you play a vital role by working with your Naturopathic Doctor to implement a plan that works best for you.
How many times do I have to see my Naturopathic Doctor?
After the initial consult, you will be given a treatment plan with a timeline of when to follow up. This may be twice a week if you are receiving acupuncture treatments or it may be yearly for your annual checkup. If you feel that you need more support during your quest to achieve optimal health, your Naturopathic Doctor is more than happy to see you. You are encouraged to see your Naturopathic Doctor if an acute condition such as an injury or the common cold arise. However, under life threatening situations, patients should seek emergency care at their nearest hospital.
What kind of training does a Naturopathic Doctor have?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education. After their undergraduate training, they pursue the four year vigorous naturopathic program at one of seven accredited Naturopathic Colleges in North America.
Their training involves the comprehensive classroom and practical, hands-on study of:
Naturopathic doctors must also successfully pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) I and II, a standardized examination for all NDs in North America.