The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) does NOT currently cover naturopathic services in Alberta. Naturopathic doctors in Alberta are regulated under the Health Professions Act together with medical doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Therefore, as long as your Naturopathic Doctor is a member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA), most private insurance companies will cover service fees for Naturopathic Doctors under Extended Health Coverage plans. Naturopathic services are also covered by several group plans sponsored by employers, unions and associations.
Research has shown that naturopathic medicine is a cost-effective sustainable healthcare delivery system and a number of group and individual health insurance plans are starting to increase coverage for naturopathic services. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or individual insurance brokers to determine if they are covered and/or to request that their policy be extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so.