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Normandin Beaudry

The rates of Health Care Professionals

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NB Bulletin Vol. 8 N. 12, November 2005

During the summer, we conducted our annual Quebec survey of fees charged by health care professionals. You will find the 2005 survey results below.

The results are presented on an average fee per visit basis rather than by an hourly rate 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. These additional fees are not included in our survey results.

Since 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 fees per visit could be useful in establishing the maximum amounts payable under your group insurance plans.

Highlights

We first consulted professional associations for each specialty.  

  • These associations recommend price levels but do not set mandatory fee schedules. A number of associations, however, compile data based on the fee schedules of their members. The table presented on the following page contains recommendations/statistics.

As in the past, we surveyed private clinics in the Montreal and Quebec City regions. We also added to our survey by consulting, for the first time this year, private clinics from the Outaouais regions. This will be a permanent addition to the survey, providing it with a larger scope.

  • The results obtained show that average fees were lower in Quebec City than in Montreal, except for dieticians. These differentials vary depending on the specialty, but a difference of approximately $10 per visit is observed.
  • The average fees per visit for the Outaouais region are similar or slightly lower than those observed for the Montreal region. However, we observe an exception for dieticians, whose average rates are considerably higher than for the other regions. This difference is explained by a longer average visit length.
  • The results for occupational therapists in the Quebec and Outaouais regions as well as for the podiatrists in the Outaouais region are not presented since the number of specialists working in private clinics is too limited.
  • Overall, average fees increased by 2% since summer 2004. However, it is important to note that although this average increase is reasonable, relatively important variations in fees per visit were recorded for certain specialties.
  • Finally, we noticed a decrease in fees for naturopaths in the Quebec City region. This is explained by a decrease in the average length of visits.

Comparative Table of Average Fees per Visit (Summer 2005)
 


SpecialtyProfessionnal
Associations
Private Clinics
   
   MontrealQuebecOutaouais

  • Acupuncturist
$35 to $60 $45 $40 $45
  • Audiologist and
    Speech Therapist
n/a $85 $80 $70
  • Chiropractor
$30 $40 $30 $30
  • Dietician
$70 $35 $45 $75
  • Occupational
    Therapist
n/a $45 n/a n/a
  • Homeopath
$50 to $75 $65 $35 $65
  • Masseur and
    Massage
    Therapist
$40 to $70 $60 $50 $60
  • Naturopath
$50 to $75 $60 $50 $60
  • Osteopath
$65 $70 $65 $60
  • Physiotherapist
n/a $50 $40 $45
  • Podiatrist
$40 to $80 $60 $45 n/a
  • Psychologist
$60 to $100 $85 $70 $85

 

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

514.285.1122
 
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Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1S6