An initial visit involves going through your medical history, diet history, lifestyle, eating habits, and goals. From there, I develop an individualized nutrition care plan that may involve education, goal setting, counselling, and meal planning. You can bring relevant blood work, a list of medications, and 3-day food record to the session, but this is not mandatory. At least one follow-up visit is recommended, to track your progress and modify your care plan accordingly.
OHIP does not cover any dietitian services for dietitians in private practice. Many people have dietitian services covered under their employee health insurance plan and are advised to inquire with their provider regarding the amount covered (most cover $500 per year at 80-100%). If one’s employee health insurance plan does not cover dietitian services, it is recommended they make a request with their HR manager to add dietitian services, because oftentimes the group health insurance company offers dietitian services but the company does not choose them as an option.
The following insurance plans cover nutrition counselling, in-person and via Skype: Manulife, RWAM, Sunlife, Great West Life, and Sirius Benefits Plan.
(Source: Dietitians of Canada, Consulting Dietitians Network)
The titles “dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian” are protected by law. This means that only someone who has met specific educational and professional requirements is legally allowed to use these titles, or the initials, RD, P.Dt, and Dt.P.
All Registered Dietitians in Ontario are members of the College of Dietitians of Ontario (every province has its own college). As a member of the college, a Registered Dietitian must practice according to set standards and laws that protect the public, just like you would expect from doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professions.
The terms “nutritionist” or “registered nutritionist” are not protected terms in Ontario. This means that anybody can call themselves a nutritionist and there are no standards for their quality of care.