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Booking Your First Appointment at a Chiropractic Clinic

I visit my chiropractor once a month and believe that regular visits can do wonders for your health. Here’s what you need to do to book your first appointment at a chiropractic clinic.

Finding the Right Chiropractor
It’s important to find a chiropractor that can properly treat your injury. I started going to a chiropractor for my neck pain, and was referred by a family member who had a similar problem. The referral can come from a family member, friend, or coworker, but I always ask a few questions about the chiropractor before I call the clinic to make my first appointment. Try asking the following:

  • Did the chiropractor help solve your injury?
  • Did s/he listen to your problem?
  • Is the clinic open in the evenings and weekends?

Your family physician can also recommend a chiropractor that may be best suited to help you with your injury. The other option is to do an online search for chiropractic clinics within your area and find reviews on each clinic.

Making Your Appointment
Once you choose a chiropractor, you should call the clinic to book an appointment. When you do call, be sure to ask if there is any information you must bring on your first visit. In British Columbia, all chiropractic clinics will ask for you to bring in your BC Services Card (CareCard)

Bringing in your BC Services Card is necessary for a few reasons:

  • Under the Medical Services Plan (MSP), you may be eligible for 10 subsidized visits per year, depending on your taxable income. The clinic assistant can do a quick check for you once you arrive for your first appointment.
  • If it becomes necessary to send electronic billing to the auto insurance company or WorkSafeBC (Workers’ Compensation Board of BC), then the personal health number from your BC Services Card is required. This information will be on file for future visits.
  • It’s common for clinics to have more than one patient with the same name, and your personal health number helps keep patient records separate.

The Initial Visit
When you arrive for your first visit, the clinic assistant will ask for some personal information. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your medical history and your current health. The clinic will ask if you have extended health coverage, as some extended health insurance companies allow direct billing by alternative health clinics. Most clinics may already be doing this and some may be gathering data to determine if it would be an advantage to their clinic to establish this process.

You might find that chiropractic clinics, or healthcare clinics in general, now ask for your email address and cell phone number. Giving the clinic your email address is helpful since:

  • Statements and receipts can emailed to you and allows clinics to go paperless
  • Reminders can be emailed to you prior to your appointment

If you provide your email address and opt-in to the clinic’s newsletter, you’ll receive updates on the latest clinic news, special events, and tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Some clinic software has the ability to send automatic appointment reminders by text message to your cell phone if you provide your cell phone number.

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Posted on July 22, 2013 by Peter Reimer | Permalink

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