A Healing Place is pleased to announce that patient’s can now pay their uninsured service fees for things like Doctor’s Notes & Letters, Driver’s License Physical Exam Reports, Insurance Forms, etc, on our Wise Elephant Family Health Team site; the new, simple to use Shopping Cart and PayPal options are available as of today.
Visit the Wise Elephant FHT Resources page to learn more.
A Healing Place is now offering you, the patient, the ability to effortlessly provide us with updated Ontario Health Card information via a simple online form.
You’ll be able to provide your new Health Card number and version code as well as updated contact information both for our records (cutting down on your wait times when you visit since you won’t have to complete update forms), and for verification purposes with Ontario Ministry of Health.
Click here to update your Health Card information now.
Contact us if you have any questions.
A Healing Place’s fantastic Registered Massage Therapist, Michelle Marfo, would like to extend an invitation and reminder to all of our clients, to come and see her for a soothing and therapeutic massage before the 2011 calendar year closes out. Maximize your massage therapy benefits and help prepare yourself for the hustle and bustle of the holidays and for a fresh start to the new year.
Keep in mind that if you have benefits via your employer and those benefits include massage therapy, that any unused credit you have to apply towards massages, does not carry-over into the new year. With the holiday season being as busy and hectic as it is, we’re all feeling the strain on our minds and bodies; the best way to rectify this is with a professional massage by a Registered Massage Therapist.
Please call our front desk to book an appointment as soon as possible as time slots are filling up very quickly. We can be reached at: (905) 459-4385
The province of Ontario has announced a new Narcotics Strategy that is effective as of November 1st, 2011. Learn more about the new strategy that looks to maintain access to controlled medications for those that require them while also ensuring proper prescription and distribution.
Ontario’s Narcotics Strategy is promoting the proper use, prescribing and dispensing of prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications, while ensuring that people who need them continue to have access.
This is being done to help reduce the misuse, addiction, unlawful activities and deaths related to these medications.
As of November 1, 2011:
- Ontarians must provide personal ID to their doctor, dentist and pharmacist in order to receive prescription narcotics and controlled substance medications.
- Ontarians may also be required to present ID if they have been authorized to pick up prescription narcotics or other monitored medication for someone else.
Prescribers (e.g., doctors) and dispensers (e.g., pharmacists) must record the identifying number the type of identification that is used and this information may be disclosed to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and/or the Executive Officer of Ontario Public Drug Programs.
If you require further information about the Ontario Narcotics Strategy, please visit the Ministry of Healths website: http://www.health.gov.on.ca
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for most of your in office medical visits, however, some medical procedures and most administrative services are not insured by OHIP. While these services are still provided at this office, they do require significant time and resources to administer and payment for these services has become the responsibility of either the patient themselves or the agency requesting the service. To address this issue, the Ontario Medical Association has introduced a fee schedule for uninsured services. You can view the uninsured service fee guide here.
There are two ways by which you may wish to address these fees. The first option is that you consider paying an annual fee, or what we refer to as a“block fee”, to cover uninsured services for one year. This method will help to reduce the amount of time the office staff spends sending out individual invoices, which allows them more time to provide patient care and can also amount to substantial savings for the patient if unexpected needs arise over the year.
Annual Fees for the coverage period will be:
- $95 for an Individual
- $160 for a Couple
- $195 for a Family
You can complete your block fee registration form and purchase your coverage package at the Wise Elephant FHT website.
For those who chose not to accept the annual coverage program, the second option is to pay for individual services at the time the service is provided.
We will be travelling to India again this year during the month of December to work in Samthar Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas. We have teamed up with a local NGO called “Awake and Shine India”. Our main tasks there will be to run mobile medical camps in the various small villages surrounding the main village, Samthar. We will be providing free medical services to the local people, many of whom rarely go to a medical doctor. Our fundraising will go towards purchasing medications that we will dispense during the camps.
The Monkey and the Crocodile is a story taken from the Panchatantra, an ancient collection of fables. We have created a modern version of it and hope you will enjoy reading it with your children.
The Monkey and the Crocodile is being made available for only $10.00 and can be purchased at either A Healing Place (247 Main St. N, Brampton) or at Wise Elephant FHT (280 Main St. N, Brampton).
In December 2010, Drs. Sanjeev Goel, Lopita Banarjee, Farah Daya & Jennifer Kagan will be conducting a month-long volunteer excursion to India to provide medical treatment in remote villages.
This is the third year members of the Wise Elephant team have travelled to India to provide service, having helped hundreds of men, women & children to date who otherwise have very little, if any access to healthcare.
The team covers it’s own expenses for travel however the need for equipment and medicine is great. Please contribute to this worthy cause that has made difference to so many. Any donations of funds or medical supplies you make go directly to patient care.
Probably the hottest vitamin these days is Vitamin D. Previously it was thought to only have importance in keeping your bones strong, now it is purported to have important anti-cancerous effects, beneficial effects on the immune system, the heart and brain.
Vitamin D is produced in our skin on exposure to sunlight. In the summer, if you are out 20 minutes in bright sunlight there should be no problem in getting your dose of vitamin D. But come this time of year, most of us are deficient due to the short days and less intense sunlight. Those who have darker skin have even a more difficult time making Vitamin D when there is poor sunlight.