Naturopaths in Comox Valley can pick up some of the slack

Dear editor,

I’m writing about the tens of thousands of British Columbians who visit licensed naturopathic doctors for primary care.

Dear editor,

I’m writing to you today about the tens of thousands of British Columbians who visit licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) for primary care.

Although most NDs are in large urban areas, demand for NDs across B.C. is growing rapidly. Most importantly, NDs in

rural areas are meeting a need and desire for patient-centred primary care.

You may have seen the provincial government’s recent announcement of the “A GP for Me” initiative, intended to find solutions to the GP shortage which is more acute in rural


What your readers may not be aware of is that there are six primary-care NDs already practising in Courtenay/Comox. These local physicians are a few of the over 500 licensed NDs in B.C., all of whom can (and do act) to meet the demand for primary care.

While the care that B.C.’s NDs provide is generally not covered by the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP), their focus on overall wellness, providing primary care with attention to disease prevention, diet, environment and health history, is a draw to patients (most of whom have extended health coverage). NDs can also prescribe scheduled drugs, when

and if appropriate.

In 2008 the provincial Liberal government, under then-Minister of Health George Abbott, made two Throne Speech commitments to naturopathic physicians.

The first, limited prescription rights, was realized in 2010. The second, access to B.C.’s privately owned but publicly funded medical laboratories, has yet to be acted upon.

We believe that NDs can and already do address the shortage of GPs by offering comparable services. I would like to

encourage your readers — in support of the NDs already practising in your community as primary care providers — to contact their local MLA and voice support for diagnostic

access for B.C.’s NDs.

Dr. Deborah Phair,

BSc (Pharm), ND, RAc

Editor’s note: Dr. Deborah Phair is the B.C. Naturopathic Association president.

Just Posted

Comox Valley Schools to see trustee shakeup next fall

Four of seven trustees have stated they will not run for re-election in October

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

Merville water bottling proposal heading to public hearing

A contentious business proposal in Merville will be going to a public… Continue reading

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Fish farm protest held in Comox

The rally took place on Comox Avenue, concluding at the entry to the BC Seafood Festival

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

North Island College gets $328,000 for forestry education funding

Announcement in Campbell River part of $1 million around B.C.

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Reena Virk’s mother has died

Both of Virk’s parents became activists against bullying in wake of daughter’s death

Search for capsized fishers near Tofino enters fourth day

“There’s a lot of shock in the community in terms of how we could end up at this place.”

Most Read