Naturopathic Medicine Week 2016 continues! I am thrilled to be joined by naturopathic medical student, Andriana Setnik, who has collaborated with me on a series of guest blogs answering all of your important questions about naturopathic medicine.
What can I expect on my first visit with a naturopathic doctor?
Prior to your initial visit, you should complete an initial intake form and bring it with you to your first appointment along with any recent blood work, other relevant health records and the actual bottles of any medications or supplements that you are currently taking. An initial appointment with a naturopathic doctor is typically 60-90 minutes or more and involves a thorough intake of your health history. During this time your main health concerns, health history and medical records will be carefully discussed and reviewed. Based on your presentation, a physical exam may be conducted as well as referral for further laboratory tests and/or special diagnostic tests, as well as a referral to other healthcare providers if deemed necessary. The visit will also include some recommendations as a starting point for your treatment.
Is naturopathic medicine covered under OHIP?
Naturopathic medicine is not covered under OHIP, however, depending on your benefits package from your place of employment, your insurance might provide coverage. The invoice presented to you at the end of each session is used to submit to your insurance provider to receive reimbursement. Some insurance companies also cover the cost of supplements and laboratory testing.
When will I feel better?
Any lasting change takes time. The nature of naturopathic medicine is powerful, but gentle, and works with body’s intrinsic healing abilities. It also recognizes that every patient is unique meaning timelines vary; some individuals notice change immediately and others require a longer period of treatment.