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NB Bulletin Vol. 6 N. 7, October 2003
Health care professionals: June 2003 rates
We are pleased to present the results of our annual survey of the fees that are currently being charged for consultations or treatments provided by health care professionals. This survey was conducted during the month of June of this year.
In order to make the survey as practical as possible for the purpose of comparison with your group insurance plan, we have made a number of changes to the presentation of the data.
The first step of our survey was to consult with professional associations for each specialty. These associations do not set compulsory fee schedules for private clinics, but merely recommend price levels to their members. A number of associations, however, compile data based on the fee schedules of their members. The collected data, or recommended fee schedules, apply only to the province of Quebec. Please note that the data is presented using the same methodology as in previous years.
The second step was to carry out our survey of private clinics in the Montreal and Quebec City regions. For the Montreal region, five clinics were consulted for each specialty (as compared to three in previous years) from selected geographical sectors: one clinic from the South Shore of Montreal, another from the downtown area, two from the rest of the Island of Montreal, and one from the North Shore of Montreal.
For the Quebec City region, a sample of five clinics for each specialty was consulted (as compared to two in the previous years). The results obtained showed that average fee per visit were generally lower in the Quebec City than those in the Montreal region. These differentials varied depending on the specialty studied, but a difference of approximately $10 per visit was observed. Dieticians and Occupational Therapists are an exception to the rule. According to our survey, their fees were generally higher in the Quebec City region than in the Montreal region. It should be noted, however, that visits for these specialties are generally of a longer duration in the Quebec City region than in the Montreal region, therefore the hourly fees are comparable.
We have elected to present the results on an average fee basis rather than on an hourly rate basis since group insurance plans usually establish their maximum reimbursement amounts on a per visit basis. Moreover, we have omitted the data on initial consultations, since group insurance plans rarely make a distinction for this fact. We should point out, however, that a number of specialists charge additional fees for opening a file as well as for conducting an assessment during the first visit.
Since the health care services provided by these specialists are generally covered by group insurance plans, we believe that the results of our survey will be of great interest to you. The average amounts per visit could be used to establish the maximum amounts reimbursable under your group insurance plans.
Comparative Table of Average Professional Fees per Visit for Health Care Services
(1) Suggested rate per visit or based on collected data of their respective members.
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