Naturopathic Doctors across the Country Laud the Federal Government for Removing Barriers to Primary Health Care Services.

The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) applauds the federal government for exempting GST/HST on services provided by naturopathic doctors, as announced in today’s federal budget. The move will provide greater access for patients seeking a proactive approach to their health care needs and those looking for an individualized, whole person approach to prevent and treat health issues.

“Naturopathic doctors are, indeed, primary healthcare providers. They integrate standard, medical diagnostics with a broad range of therapies”, said Dr. Pat Wales, ND, Chair of the CAND. “Having patients pay taxes on essential primary health care services didn’t sit well with our members, or our patients, and we are pleased that the Government of Canada agreed”.

Naturopathic doctors are regulated in five provinces and two are soon to follow. In British Columbia and Ontario, naturopathic doctors have prescribing authority. Naturopathic doctors can, and do, work together with other medical practitioners as part of a patient’s overall health care team resulting in improved outcomes in some of the most chronic and costly areas of the healthcare system including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“Patients want greater health care options, partnerships, and access tools that will empower them to become and remain healthy”, added Shawn O’Reilly, Executive Director of the CAND. “Removing taxes on services provided by naturopathic doctors will not only help remove the barriers to such options for patients, it will help ensure our health care system stimulates the economy for future health care sustainability”.

Information provided by the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, February 11, 2014.