Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are well-positioned to care for individuals who do not have access to a General Practitioner (GP).
In the province of British Columbia, access to healthcare is covered by our Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP pays for medically required services of physicians and surgeons and dental or oral surgery performed in a hospital. Throughout the pandemic, there has been an increased and sustained demand for our public healthcare system. This has led to physician burnout, making access to MSP-covered care for patients more challenging than ever.
Dr. Multari practices at Clementine Natural Health in Vancouver, where we often ask our patients, “Do you have access to a GP?”. The answer is commonly “no.” The need for primary care at this time is dire. That’s where Naturopathic Doctors come in. NDs have the skill set and experience to perform physical exams, order blood work and prescribe or refill patient prescriptions. NDs have the time to perform a thorough medical history review and advise the patient on the next best step to take (i.e. imaging, bloodwork, referral to urgent care or specialist). If the following steps are outside our scope, we will let the patient know to advocate for themselves.
Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary care covered by many extended health benefit plans (i.e. CanadaLife, BlueCross, SunLife, GroupHealth etc.). When individuals do not have extended benefits or exceed their benefit plan, they pay the remaining balance out of pocket.
The team of doctors at Clementine Natural Health strives to provide excellent, compassionate, evidence-based care. Each of us is well-trained in general practice with additional areas of special interest (i.e. Dr. Multari has additional training in naturopathic oncology).
Have more questions for us? Please give us a call at 604-566-3345, and we would be happy to help.
Dr. Catherine Multari, ND, FABNO
Clementine Natural Health