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.
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 (an intensive program for persons with Parkinson's disease)
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
If submitting an e-transfer, please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clients may pay by credit card online through our clinic management system Jane App.
Clients may pay by debit or credit card at our office.
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.
Direct billing can be done by Shoreline on behalf of the following insurers:
Medavie Blue Cross
Green Shield Canada
Canadian Construction Workers Union
Chambers of Commerce (Johnston Group)
First Canadian (Johnston Group)
plus some additional smaller insurers (please contact Shoreline to inquire)
Any amount not covered after direct billing 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., 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.
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.
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:
where there is no public service available, or
the wait list is long, and
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:
Disability Support Program Policy: https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/documents/Disability_Support_Program_Policies.pdf