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Federal Government Exempts GST/HST on Services provided by Naturopathic Doctors

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For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON, February 11, 2014

Naturopathic Doctors across the Country Laud the Federal Government for Removing Barriers to Primary Health Care Services.

The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) applauds the federal government for exempting GST/HST on services provided by naturopathic doctors, as announced in today’s federal budget. The move will provide greater access for patients seeking a proactive approach to their health care needs and those looking for an individualized, whole person approach to prevent and treat health issues.

“Naturopathic doctors are, indeed, primary healthcare providers. They integrate standard, medical diagnostics with a broad range of therapies”, said Dr. Pat Wales, ND, Chair of the CAND. “Having patients pay taxes on essential primary health care services didn’t sit well with our members, or our patients, and we are pleased that the Government of Canada agreed”.

Naturopathic doctors are regulated in five provinces and two are soon to follow. Naturopathic doctors in British Columbia have prescribing authority and naturopathic doctors in Ontario will have prescribing authority upon proclamation of The Naturopathy Act. Naturopathic doctors can, and do, work together with other medical practitioners as part of a patient’s overall health care team resulting in improved outcomes in some of the most chronic and costly areas of the healthcare system including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“Patients want greater health care options, partnerships, and access tools that will empower them to become and remain healthy”, added Shawn O’Reilly, Executive Director of the CAND. “Removing taxes on services provided by naturopathic doctors will not only help remove the barriers to such options for patients, it will help ensure our health care system stimulates the economy for future health care sustainability”.


About the CAND

Incorporated in 1955, the CAND is a not-for profit national association representing regulated (or in unregulated jurisdictions, those who meet the criteria for regulation) Naturopathic Doctors across Canada. Membership with the CAND is voluntary. Currently the CAND represents 85% of the 2040 NDs practicing in Canada.

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