Motor vehicle accidents (MVA)
What is covered ?
If you are in a car accident your auto insurance covers you for a minimum of 10 chiropractic treatments for minor injuries under the Alberta diagnostic treatment protocols regulation.
Chiropractic treatment for minor injuries is billed directly to your insurance company. You do not have to submit receipts for reimbursement. Make sure you tell your chiropractor that you were injured in a car accident so they will fill out the forms to have your treatment costs covered.
Through a different automobile insurance program, every Albertan is entitled to $1,000 of chiropractic care coverage for motor vehicle accident injuries (under Section B).
If you are looking for forms, access them here at the Government of Alberta website.
How do I receive treatment?
Within 10 days of the collision:
- File an injury accident report with the police.
- Seek treatment from a primary health care provider (PHCP): chiropractor, physical therapist or physician. If your injury is considered minor (i.e. sprain, strain or minor whiplash injury), you do not need authorization from your insurer. You may begin treatment immediately and your insurance company will be billed directly.
- File the appropriate forms with your insurer. Forms are available from your chiropractor, insurer or insurance broker.
- If you have any questions, please contact your auto insurance company and ask about your MVA health care coverage under Section B.
Pamphlets for your glovebox
After a motor vehicle collision, there are many important things to do – but most important of all is ensuring you receive the care you need. The handout and brochure below will walk you through the steps of receiving care after a motor vehicle accident. Print them and keep them in your glovebox for reference.
Workplace injury (WCB)
What is covered?
If you are hurt at work, you can go straight to an authorized chiropractic for treatment. The WCB does not require you to see a medical doctor first.
A chiropractor can submit assessment information to the WCB for review and to determine if your claim has been accepted. For information on how to access WCB coverage or to find a WCB-authorized chiropractor, visit the WCB website.
Why chiropractic for work injuries?
Chiropractic treatment has well-documented high patient satisfaction rates among injured workers.
Chiropractic is demonstrated to be one of the most clinically and cost-effective methods of treating many work-related injuries.
What is covered?
Extended health care insurance/benefits provided through employers or individual coverage like Alberta Blue Cross usually covers most, if not all costs, for chiropractic treatments (to an annual maximum).
Want chiropractic in your plan?
If you would like information about the benefits of chiropractic to take to your employer or union rep to have them include it in your plan, please download our Extended Health Care Insurance Information for Policy holders.
Parking placards for people with disabilities
As of February 1, 2017, chiropractors registered in Alberta have been authorized to approve application forms for parking placards for persons with disabilities.
The Chiropractic Association of Alberta is clear that this authorization carries with it the responsibility for ensuring the parking placards are provided only to those Albertans who have clearly met the disability criteria and are legitimately eligible to receive a placard. All members are asked to review the criteria and remain committed to ensuring appropriate execution of this authority.
Forms and Instructions
Information on how authorized health-care professionals approve patients’ parking placard applications can be found here.
The application forms themselves can be found on this page.
Patients can find out how to apply for parking placards on the Service Alberta website here.
Coverage for seniors health benefit plan
The Government of Alberta provides premium-free Alberta Blue Cross coverage to seniors for health-related services not covered under the Alberta health care insurance plan.
More than 90% of Alberta seniors are already enrolled in this plan (also referred to as Group 66). This coverage is available to all Albertans and their eligible dependents 65 years of age and older.
As announced in Budget 2019, the Government of Alberta will no longer provide benefits through the Coverage for Seniors plan for seniors' family members (such as spouses and dependents) who are younger than 65 years of age. This change came into effect March 1, 2020.
For seniors who are enrolled in the plan and need a card, please contact Alberta Blue Cross:
- 780.498.8000 (Edmonton and area)
- 403.234.9666 (Calgary and area)
- 1.800.661.6995 (toll free)
- e-mail via www.ab.bluecross.ca
Alberta seniors have access to funding support for chiropractic services under the government-sponsored Coverage for Seniors health benefit plan.
Alberta seniors have access to an annual maximum of $200 per member every benefit year (July 1 to June 30) for chiropractic services. There is a per visit limit of $25 and all services must be performed by a registered chiropractor.
Seniors who are not enrolled in the plan should contact Alberta health
- 780.427.1432 (Edmonton and area)
- toll-free for the rest of Alberta to 310-0000 and then 780-427-1432
- dial 711 for TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing
- e-mail via [email protected]
The federal government is the fifth largest provider of healthcare services. It provides services through a variety of funding and delivery models, some of which include chiropractic services.
Chiropractors are recognized under the Health Practitioner Benefits for outpatient services. Services can be accessed only when prescribed by the attending physician, nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.
Members of the CF can access up to 10 appointments and one assessment. Acupuncture, when in conjunction with pain management, can also be applied to up to 10 treatments. Physicians can authorize attendance as indicated, per condition, after which physician follow-up of each case is required to ensure that care is progressing and to determine whether further care is required.
While patient care, rather than monetary limits per se, will be the determining factor, permission must be granted in advance of additional treatments/therapies. It is important to note that it is the onus of the service personnel to get pre-authorization for chiropractic services. The client then is responsible for bringing the forms to his or her Medical Officer and receiving reimbursement directly. Either way, payment should be received directly from the military person being treated.
First Nations Non-Insured Health Benefits (FNIHB)
First Nations Non-Insured Health Benefits (FNIHB) clients obtain insured services, including chiropractic services, through existing provincial and territorial plans. In some cases, where there are co-payment requirements, FNIHB clients may be eligible for chiropractic co-payment costs.
Each Health Canada region has implemented local policies, which change from year to year, regarding chiropractic coverage.
Under a decentralized management system, each FNIHB regional office (one per province and territory, except for Atlantic Canada where there is one office for the region) has the flexibility and authority to establish its own policies based on regional needs and desires.
Please contact your local provincial FNIHB branch for the most recent information:
Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
9700 Jasper Avenue Suite 730, Canada Place
Medavie Blue Cross
Medavie Blue Cross administers the Federal Health Claims Processing System (FHCPS) on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Canadian Forces (CF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Each Blue Cross plan is responsible for answering provider inquiries in their province or region as they relate to provider services under FHCPS, including provider registration, claims payment, communication materials and the Point of Service (POS) system.
Medavie Blue Cross
Federally Administered Programs
644 Main Street
PO Box 220
Moncton, New Brunswick
Email: [email protected]
The RCMP policy currently in effect was published in January 2014. Dr. Eric Jackson, convener of the CCA-appointed national assessors, has been working to establish chiropractors as entrenched team members in the various regional health teams. Members can access one or all of these services – acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and physiotherapy – up to a combined maximum allowance years. Preauthorization is not required; however, prescription for acupuncture and massage therapy is required.
A Provider Claim Form should be completed. More information can be found at medavie.bluecross.ca or by calling 1-888-261-4033.
Veterans Affairs Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada offers health care benefits to eligible veterans under 14 Programs of Choice (POC). Chiropractic services are included among the “Related Health Services” under POC 12.
Medavie Blue Cross of Canada administers the payment for treatment benefits through the Treatment Accounts Procession System (TAPS). Health identification cards identifying eligibility to services and benefits are issued to clients and must be presented to registered providers.
- Group A clients are veterans and civilians who have been granted a pension from Veterans Affairs Canada.
- Group B clients are veterans and civilians who are receiving an allowance under the War Veterans Allowance Act. As of December 2011, Veterans Affairs Canada has set the frequency limit at 20 sessions per calendar year for chiropractic services.
If the Veterans’ treatment plan requires more than 20 sessions per calendar year, practitioners should contact the VAC Treatment Authorization Centre at 1-888-261-4033 to obtain approval for extended sessions.
Student insurance coverage
Most student health-care plans cover chiropractic treatment! Chiropractors are often grouped under the “health practitioners” or “paramedical services” sections.
You can find out details about your coverage through mystudentplan or, if you attend one of the major Alberta post-secondary institutions, through the links below.