Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ about Naturopathic Medicine
Do you have questions about naturopathic medicine? Look here to find answers to many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about naturopathic medicine and what a naturopathic medical appointment looks like.
Where is your clinic located?
Where can I park?
There is free visitor parking in the parking lot surrounding the office building. There is also visitor parking in the adjacent parkades, as well as ample street parking and bicycle racks for cyclists.
How do I book an appointment?
You can book appointments by calling our clinic at (236) 420-4359, or by logging on to our website.
What if I need to cancel my Appointment?
Please provide 24 hours notice of any cancellations or rescheduling. You can make these changes by calling our clinic (236) 420-4359 or by going to our website.
How do I know if Naturopathic Medicine is right for me?
You are welcome to book a 15min meet & greet with Dr Halldorson. There is no charge and this can provide you with the opportunity to ask about naturopathic medicine and what kind of treatments may be useful for you. Please note: no diagnosis, assessment, treatment will be provided during this appointment.
What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) have?
A minimum of eight years: four years of undergraduate studies (including specific pre-medical prerequisites), followed by a four-year post-grad doctorate degree at an accredited Naturopathic College.
Are Naturopathic Doctors Licensed and Regulated?
Yes. Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in British Columbia. The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) is the regulatory body for Naturopathic Doctors under the Health Professions Act.
What conditions can be treated with Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed primary healthcare providers. This means that they are trained to treat health concerns ranging from the common cold to chronic health concerns. If you have a more serious condition, you may be referred to the conventional medical system.
Is Naturopathic Medicine the same as Homeopathic Medicine?
No. Homeopathy is a system where ultra dilute prescriptions are administered. Naturopathic medicine is a science based system which combines natural and conventional medical treatments. Dr. Halldorson does not use any homeopathic treatments.
How much do appointments cost?
You can learn more about the cost of each appointment by visiting our online booking page. Please note: the price of the appointment does not include any prescriptions, injections or labs.
What can I expect at my first Appointment?
Your first appointment will be up to 60 min in duration. This provides Dr. Halldorson with adequate time to take a thorough medical history so that he can assess your health concern, perform any indicated physical exams, order any indicated labs, answer any questions and develop an individualized treatment plan. Treating the root cause of a health concern is a fundamental principle in naturopathic medicine. An in-depth investigation into your health concern is what you deserve as a patient.
What should I bring to my first Appointment?
You should download and complete an intake form and consent form. If you have an extended health plan, please bring your plan’s information. If you have a copy of recent lab work, please bring that to your appointment as well.
What takes place in return Appointments?
Return appointments are to follow-up on the recommendations of the previous appointment, to review of any labs were ordered on the previous appointment and to monitor your progress towards your health goals.
Are ND’s covered by the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP)?
Generally speaking, ND’s are not covered by MSP. The one exception is for a patient who is on MSP premium assistance.
Here is an excerpt from the Ministry of Health website:
“For MSP beneficiaries receiving premium assistance, MSP contributes $23 per visit for a combined annual limit of 10 visits each calendar year for the following services: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and non-surgical podiatry. For Specific on eligibility call Health Insurance BC at 1-800-663-7100.”
Does my Extended Health Plan cover Naturopathic Medicine?
Many extended health plans cover naturopathic Medicine, although this can vary between individual plans. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered!
Do you do direct billing?
We offer direct billing for most extended health plans. Be sure to bring your insurance information to your appointment.
Unfortunately, we do not offer direct billing for MSP premium assistance. You can download the MSP Premium Assistance claim form here.
What about GST and Medical Tax Credits?
All naturopathic appointment fees are GST exempt. Recommended treatments involving natural health products are not tax exempt.
Naturopathic appointment fees are eligible to be applied to your medical tax credits in BC. Retain your receipts for services provided in order to claim them on your annual tax return.