Budgeting For Health: Perspectives on the Cost of Naturopathic Treatment

Making decisions about health care can seem overwhelming. There are so many options and so much accessible information it’s hard to know what may be right for you.   Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained Professionals that can help sort this info out. Although proven to be highly effective and covered by most Extended Health Plans, Naturopathic Medicine is not covered under OHIP and its expense is placed into the hands of the individual.  Currently, proposals are being passed to make changes to the status of Naturopathic Medicine and its regulation, however the effects of these changes may be a few years away yet. Realistically, budgets may not seem to be able to accommodate such a financial commitment. On the other hand, your body must be able to accommodate the demands of life to maintain good health.  In essence, what we need is balance: Balance in health, and balance in budget.

To put the affordability of Naturopathic Medicine into perspective, let’s look at some comparables.

Naturopathic Medicine Comparables
~ $175.00 – 250.00 Initial visit

with tests +/or Supplements

Trip to Hair Salon

Winter Coat

New Outfit

Day Trip with Family/Road Trip

Prescription Medications 1-2 months

~ $125.00 – 175.00 Second visit

1 hour visit

Supplements

Pair of good shoes

Day Trip with Friends

Photo Prints

New Household Items

Car Wash & Detail

~  $75.00 – 125.00 30 min visit + Supplements

45 min visit

2 tickets for Concert/Play/Theatre

2 Dinners out

7 Fast Food Meals/1 week Fast Food

1 Day at Amusement Park

Drycleaning/Alterations

~  $ 50.00 – 75.00 30 min visit

Supplements

2 Movies + snacks

3 Lunches/Brunches

1-2 Video Games

2-3 Shirts

2-3 CD’s, movies, board games

These comparables could act as substitutions or just help put things into perspective. To find money for health care, write down your expenses and note which ones you may be able to do without temporarily or cut back on. Work it out so your health costs are covered because there’s nothing more valuable than good health.

If you find you need more support than the substitutions can provide, we can turn to the Historical or Traditional remedies. Naturopathic Medicine is based on the principles of natural healing and its practice stems from the natural world around us. There are many Home-Based alternatives available that can save finances, but do require more time and effort. Be sure to mention if you’re interested in this option either for primary or adjunctive treatment.

And finally, remember to use your own resources to the best of your ability.  There are many small ways to raise money. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Save your change
  • Put away $5-$10/week
  • Have a garage sale/bake sale/garden sale
  • Make some arts or crafts for an upcoming market
  • Decrease or stop the daily coffee/tea/muffin
  • Bring your own lunch to work
  • Quit smoking
  • Decrease your nights out
  • Invite friends over instead of going out
  • Stop any unused memberships you pay for
  • Switch to No Name brands
  • Take advantage of sales, use coupons
  • Make shopping lists and stick to them
  • Tutor a student/teach a skill
  • Baby-sit or dog-walk
  • Employ your special skills

The above may or may not apply to you, but the lesson is that you are a dynamic and unique person with your whole life of experience to draw from.  Pick your favourite or most successful skills/practice and make use of them.  Don’t let finances stand in your way to good health.

Contact Dr. Shawna Clark, BA(Hons), ND to find your sustainable balance at: Forces of Nature Naturopathic Clinic 416.481.0222 SClarkND@ForcesofNature.ca

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