Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of massage therapy treatments. The Walnut Tree is able to direct bill the following:
- Alberta Blue Cross
- Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP)/Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA)
- Canadian Construction Workers Union
- Chambers of Commerce
- Cowan Insurance
- Desjardins Insurance
- First Canadian
- Great-West Life
- Green Shield Canada
- Industrial Allicance
- Johnson Inc.
- Johnston Group Inc.
- LiUNA Local 183
- LiUNA Local 506
- Manitoba Blue Cross
- Manulife Financial
- Maximum Benefit
- Medavie Blue Cross
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- SSQ Financial
- Sun Life Financial
- Veterans Affairs Canada
*For all other companies, we issue receipts for you to submit to your provider directly.*
As we cannot check this for you, and insurance policies vary, please verify with your benefit provider ahead of time to see:
- whether you have coverage for massage therapy,
- whether the service provider (The Walnut Tree) may direct bill on your behalf,
- what date your benefits re-set,
- what your benefit limitations are, and
- whether you first need a doctor’s note for massage therapy. If the plan requires a doctor's note to be on file with your insurance company, please send it to your benefits provider before your first visit to The Walnut Tree if you wish to be direct billed, otherwise the direct billing might not go through.
In the event that the system is down and not responding, or your benefit provider does not cover all or part of the cost, you will be required to pay the remaining amount.
The Walnut Tree requires you to fill out a consent form for direct billing. You may print and fill out the PDF of the form to bring with you to the clinic. Otherwise, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out all the necessary paperwork before your massage start time. Arriving on time or late while paperwork still needs to be completed will shorten your treatment time in order to avoid delaying the next client.