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Normandin Beaudry

Rates for Health Care Professionals in 2014

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NB Bulletin Vol. 17 N. 10, October 2014

During the summer of 2014, Normandin Beaudry conducted its 17th annual survey of fees charged by health care professionals in Quebec. Considering the fact that health care services provided by these specialists are typically covered by group benefits plans, we believe that the results presented below will be of interest to you.

Premiums for most group benefits plans are on the rise. According to rémun, Normandin Beaudry’s total compensation survey, more than 25% of Quebec organizations are considering making changes to their plan in the coming year. Would the goal of these changes be to better control plan costs?

The information on average fees per visit may prove useful in establishing reimbursement maximums for paramedical care under your group benefits plans. The average increase in fees per visit, in comparison with fees for 2013, also allows you to validate the inflation assumptions used by your insurer in renewing your health insurance premium rates. It should be noted that many specialists charge additional fees for opening a file and the initial assessment. These additional fees are not included in our survey results.

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This year, we have also included the results for Kinesiologists considering that the services provided by these specialists are covered by some group insurance plans.

Methodology

We surveyed a sample of private clinics in the Montreal, Quebec City and Outaouais regions. The table below presents the results on an average fee per visit basis as opposed to an hourly rate basis to reflect the provisions that generally apply to group benefits plans.   

For comparison purposes, we also consulted professional associations for each specialty. These associations make recommendations to their members concerning fees but do not impose them.  Some associations also compile statistics based on the fee schedules of their members.  This information is also presented in the table below. 

Highlights

  • We observed an average fee increase of 3% in all three regions since the summer of 2013, which represents an average increase of $2 to $3 per visit. 
  • Ever since we began compiling data from the three regions in 2005, we have observed an average annual fee increase for all specialists of approximately 3% in Montreal region and 4% in Quebec City and Outaouais. During this same period, annual inflation in Quebec was 1.7%.
  • The results indicate that for physiotherapists and podiatrists, the fees charged are much higher in the Montreal region than in the other regions.  
  • In Quebec City, the per visit for fee charged by dieticians is higher than the per visit fee charged by dieticians in the other two regions, whereas fees for other health care professionals are typically lower than those in the other two regions, especially for audiologists and speech therapists, homeopaths and naturopaths.
  • The fees charged per visit by homeopaths, kinesiologists, massage therapists, naturopaths and psychologists in the Outaouais region are considerably higher than the fees charged by these professionals in the other regions.

 

For the majority of specialists surveyed, the schedules of reasonable and customary fees used by insurers for claims processing in Quebec are slightly higher than the average fees per visit.

 

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

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