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Nurse Practitioner Matters
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse in the extended class RN(EC). To merit those credentials the registered nurse (RN) must completed advanced university education and successfully complete the licensing exam. To retain these credentials she must continue to further her education by completing continuing educations activities and meeting the requirements of her licensing body, in my case, those of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
At this time, I do not offer that service. Currently, the office I share is set up for some services but not all services a primary care provider normally offers. Talk to me about your health concerns. Maybe I can be of assistance while we help you find one.
Yes, you can. I believe in not duplicating services so my role will be different. My purpose will be to complement your primary care provider’s services by using my expertise in the areas of mental health and / or addiction. We will make sure to keep your provider apprised of what we are doing and use a shared care model.
Yes. NPs just like Mds can refer to colleagues when the need arises. We also take advantage of a system of eConsults.
The short answer is NO.
Unfortunately the system hasn’t yet caught up to the changing face of health care. Currently, as an Ontario NP, the lab & diagnostic tests which I order are paid for by OHIP but I cannot bill for my services.
Most NPs working in Ontario are hired on teams such as Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, hospitals and are paid a salary, which is either financed by the province or by pooled resources of the members of the team who can bill OHIP.
Those who like me work independently do not receive a salary from the province.
Most private health insurance companies will reimburse some the costs. It will depend on what your private insurance plan covers. You may also be eligible for a tax credit on your income tax report.
Fees vary according to the services. The initial phone consultation is free. You can choose to start with a free introduction session. We will discuss your situation and the fees which will apply.
If your question is not answered please don’t hesitate to contact me.