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Bulletin NB Vol. 7 N. 12, September 2004
This bulletin presents the results of our annual survey of the fees that are currently being charged by health care professionals. This survey was conducted during the month of June 2004.
We are presenting the results on an average fee per visit basis rather than on an hourly rate basis since group insurance plans usually establish their maximum reimbursement amounts on a per visit basis. Also, please note that a number of specialists charge additional fees for opening a file as well as for conducting an assessment during the first visit, and these are not included in our survey results.
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 refundable under your group insurance plans.
The first step of our survey was to consult with professional associations for each specialty.
- These associations recommend price levels but do not set compulsory fee schedules. A number of associations, however, compile data based on the fee schedules of their members.
The second step was to carry out our survey of private clinics in the Montreal and Quebec City regions.
- The results obtained showed that average fees were lower in Quebec City than in Montreal, except for dieticians. These differentials varied depending on the specialty, but a difference of approximately $10 per visit was observed. The results for occupational therapists in the Quebec City region are not shown since the number of specialists working in private clinics is too limited.
- Overall, an average increase in fees in the order of 2% to 3% from those charged in June 2003 was observed. However, it is important to note that although the average increase since June 2003 is low, relatively important variations in fees per visit were recorded for certain specialties.
- Moreover, we noticed a decrease in fees for:
- dieticians in the Quebec City region, which is explained by a decrease in the length of visits;
- occupational therapists in the Montreal region.
Comparative Table of Average Fees per Visit in June 2004
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| || ||Montreal||Quebec|
| Acupuncturist||$35 to $60||$45||$40|
| Audiologist and|
| Occupational Therapist|| n/a||$45||n/a|
| Masseur and Massage|
|$40 to $70||$60||$50|
| Naturopath||$50 to $75||$60||$55|
| Physiotherapist|| n/a||$50||$40|
| Podiatrist||$40 to $80||$55||$40|
| Psychologist||$60 to $100||$80||$70|
Please feel free to contact us for additional information.
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