Professional Fees

Exploratory meeting: no charge (30 minutes)

You may book an exploratory meeting if you would like to discuss service options before booking an assessment or consultation. Exploratory meetings are optional - they are not required before booking an assessment or initial consultation. These meetings are provided by our Clinic Manager who coordinates intake. Subsequent services may be provided by a different SLP.

Screening: $0

Assessment: fee varies - download our Fee Schedule

Treatment: $120/hr ($60 for 30 minutes, $90 for 45 minutes)

Sessions with children are usually 30-45 minutes

Sessions with adults range from 30-90 minutes

                                             

LSVT LOUD: $1600/16 sessions

Payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the invoice.

Fees are structured to cover the time during an appointment plus time spent doing analysis, documentation, planning for treatment, preparation of materials, and correspondence. For an assessment, for example, for every hour spent face-to-face with the clinician, there is at least two hours of analytical work and documentation involved. Fees also cover the cost of assessment and treatment materials. Assessment and treatment services provided by a speech-language pathologist are HST exempt.

 

Continuing Care Centre Visits

Services are available to residents of continuing care centres (long term care / nursing homes) at their place of residence. These visits are provided by Pamela Coulter, SLP within Dartmouth, peninsular Halifax, and Eastern Passage (contact for information about areas served). There is no extra charge for these visits. 

Methods of Payment

Cash

Exact cash amounts only please; change is not available. During the pandemic, cash must be provided in a Ziploc baggie.

E-Transfer

If submitting an e-transfer, please use the email address pcoulter@shoreline-speech.com.

Cheque

Please make cheques payable to Shoreline Speech Therapy.

Any fees related to cheques with insufficient funds will be payable by the client.

Credit 

Clients may pay by credit card online through QuickBooks when they receive their electronic invoice.

Insurance

Please speak to your insurance provider to inquire about coverage for speech-language pathology services. For those with coverage, services provided by a speech-language pathologist are eligible.

E-claims can be submitted by Shoreline on behalf of Blue Cross and Green Shield clients. Any amount not covered will be detailed in an invoice and will be be payable by the client. 

 

For clients of other insurance providers whose systems do not permit SLPs to direct bill yet (e.g., Canada Life, SunLife, Manulife), professional fees will be due at time of service. You will be provided with a detailed invoice to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.

Funding for Indigenous Peoples

Eligible First Nations persons can apply for funding for private speech-language pathology services for children through Jordan's Principle. More information can be found at the link below. 

Link: https://www.unsm.org/dept/jordans-principle

Medical Expense Tax Credit

As of May 2021, speech-language pathologists in Nova Scotia are included on the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) list of authorized medical practitioners. Expenses paid out of pocket for private speech-language pathology services can now be claimed on your tax return as an eligible medical expense. For information about the medical expense tax credit, visit the CRA's website (link below) and/or speak with the accountant who prepares your annual tax return.

Link:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/lines-33099-33199-eligible-medical-expenses-you-claim-on-your-tax-return/authorized-medical-practitioners-purposes-medical-expense-tax-credit.html#wb-auto-4

Workers' Compensation Claims

For services related to a workers' compensation claim, professional fees are due at the time of service. You will be provided with a detailed invoice to submit for reimbursement.

Department of Community Services

If you receive support through the Disability Support Program, there are times when coverage may be available for S-LP services. 

According to section 7.4.2. of the Disability Support Program policy, the cost of speech therapy services may be approved when "they are not available through insured services and the lack of availability creates a significant impact on the health and safety of the participant."

The Department of Community Services requires that persons first seek services through the public service (e.g., Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres). The Department of Community Services considers coverage for private speech therapy:

  1. where there is no public service available, or

  2. the wait list is long, and

  3. all private insurance coverage has already been used.

In these cases, the department may consider coverage of private services until public services are available.

Written documentation from a qualified health care practitioner (e.g., S-LP) must accompany the request for therapy. 

For more information, please contact the Department of Community Services Disability Support Program:

https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/index.html

Disability Support Program Policy: https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/documents/Disability_Support_Program_Policies.pdf​