Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
It is not covered by OHIP but most extended health care plans provide coverage for service administered by a Naturopathic Doctor.
To ensure you are fully informed about your coverage, you may want to contact your insurance provider to ask about:
1) Your annual coverage amount for services rendered by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor
2) Your per visit coverage amount and whether the amounts differ between initial consultation and follow-ups
3) Coverage for supplements (rare but some plans do include supplement coverage)
4) Coverage for lab testing, including which tests and how much is covered
Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated?
Yes. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. CONO's mandate is to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to safely practice Naturopathic Medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.
I am currently doing well on my prescription medications. Would there be any reason to seek Naturopathic treatment?
Although the symptoms that were being treated with the medication may have improved or disappeared, because the systems of the body don't operate in isolation, taking a medication that affects one part of the body may eventually affect another part of the body. This is especially a risk when the cause of a symptom being treated is unknown. A Naturopath's primary goal is to identify root causes of symptoms and implement a holistic treatment plan to support healing. We see symptoms as your body's warning sign of something out of balance that needs attention. Introducing any type of intervention that is geared to silence those warning signs would be analogous to wearing earplugs while driving to silence a noisy engine rather than finding and repairing the root cause of the problem. That being said, there are some situations where the use of prescription medications to treat symptoms or conditions is the best approach for your safety and health, which means always having open dialogue with your doctor anytime you don't understand anything about your medications before making any changes.
Another reason to seek Naturopathic care is because some (but not all) issues that commonly get treated with prescription medications may be a result of lifestyle choices. As your ND I will educate you on lifestyle choices that you can implement to support better balance in your body.