Routes to get a diagnosis:
- Via Alberta Health Services
If you go through the medical system, Alberta Health Services will pay most of the costs. This involves seeing a general practitioner or a psychiatrist. Some doctors charge a small fee to process behaviour checklists (less than $100). Wait times for an appointment will vary but can take months. Advantages include low cost, ability of the doctor to prescribe medication if desired, and follow-up visits.
- Via Private Psychologist
If you choose to be assessed by a registered psychologist, it can cost $1000 to $2000 for the assessment. Some company benefits programs will help pay the costs, so be sure to look into this before making an appointment. Often, benefits programs restrict who you can see or only pay the fees if they have been approved in advance. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) can also recommend a professional and pay for some or all of the sessions. It is important to know that psychologists can only assess and diagnose.
To receive prescriptions for medication, you will need either a psychiatrist or medical doctor on your team. Wait times will vary so check with the psychologist first. One advantage to this approach is the possibility of follow-up counselling after diagnosis.If cost is an issue, you may choose to access the more affordable services of the Education Clinic at the University of Alberta. Graduate students assess individuals and are supervised by a registered psychologist. They currently provide assessment ($500), counselling ($250/year), and vocational testing/counselling ($250/assessment). These fees may change so check before you book. Clients who find these costs difficult can make a formal application for a fee reduction or waiver.