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DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING REFERRED BY CHIROPRACTORS AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Effective March 31, 2020, diagnostic imaging exams ordered by chiropractors and physiotherapists are no longer covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

When you book diagnostic imaging, you will be asked the name of your referring health care practitioner. Mayfair’s booking agents or our reception team will look up the referrer on our booking system and, if they are a chiropractor or physiotherapist, you will be advised that there is a cost for your exam. This cost may be covered by your private health insurance plan or health spending account.

When chiropractic and physiotherapy patients need diagnostic imaging, chiropractors and physiotherapists will need to advise their patients that these services are uninsured “patient pay” services, when they are ordered by a chiropractor and physiotherapist. There will be a cost for each examination.

WHAT HAPPENS AT MY APPOINTMENT?

When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to provide the receptionist with your requisition and check-in prior to your exam. At this time, you will need to pay the relevant fee for each exam ordered by a chiropractor or physiotherapist. This fee is based on the Schedule of Medical Benefits provided by the Alberta Society of Radiologists – Mayfair does not add any additional charges.

Payment can only be made on a credit or debit card. Cash and check payment will not be accepted. You will be provided with a receipt for payment.

CERTAIN EXAMS CAN’T BE REFERRED

Certain exams can not be referred by chiropractors and physiotherapists:

  • Arthrograms (CT and MRI)
  • Bone mineral densitometry evaluations
  • Nuclear medicine imaging
  • Pain therapy procedures*

The above exams will not be offered on a “patient pay” basis, and they would need to be ordered by a family doctor or a specialist. Only X-ray and ultrasound exams will have a “patient pay” option for each exam, when ordered by a chiropractor or physiotherapist.

Mayfair accepts all MRI and CT referrals from chiropractors, and MRI referrals from physiotherapists with an Advanced Certificate, with the exception of MRI and CT arthrograms, on a private pay basis after March 31, 2020.

*If requested by a chiropractor, Mayfair can provide pre-assessment services where a patient might need a spine injection (neck and back). This would include the provision of a treatment plan and pain management options, as well as consultation for physician-directed imaging and ordering of the appropriate pain therapy procedure.

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