Extended Health Care
Extended Health Care (EHC) plans are also sometimes called supplementary health or supplementary medical plans. Their purpose is to supplement provincial health.
There are two basic types of Extended Health Care plans: group and individual. The most common type of EHC coverage in Canada is provided through workplace group benefits programs arranged by employers, unions and trade and professional associations.
Chiropractic care is covered under many EHC plans as a paramedical service. If you and your family have extended health care coverage through an employee benefits plan, it’s very likely that plan covers chiropractic care.
That’s not surprising when you consider the facts:
- Low back pain affects 85 per cent of the working population. Health Canada estimated that musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, cost society $16.4 billion in combined direct (treatment and rehabilitation) and indirect (lost productivity) costs.
- Three recent reports have concluded that increased utilization of chiropractic care can reduce benefit costs and contribute to improved productivity. As well, patients treated by a chiropractor for back pain returned to work sooner and had reduced rates of chronic problems and hospitalization.
- Chiropractors are the practitioners of choice when it comes to back pain, and have a high rate of patient satisfaction. About 4 million Canadians consult a chiropractor each year.
For more information, download a copy of the OCA’s brochure, When Chiropractic is Covered, Everyone Benefits, or contact the OCA.