AcuDestress founder,

Dr. Brian C. Bailey M.D.

Cost of Acupuncture Component
 of AcuDestress 

Clients insured for acupuncture services 
                 $ 720
(the price has been $600 for the last five years based on the 15 treatments provided at the time at $40 each. Redesign has it that we now do 18 treatments, so the increase in price simply takes this into consideration ($40 x 18= $720)

Clients NOT insured for acupuncture services
                  $450 in three monthly payments or $399 if paid in one payment

Southeast Ottawa and the other 10 Community Health Centre patients and people on ODSP -        fees waived

Acupuncture fees are also waived for fellow health care providers.

ACUDESTRESS involves two types of service - group and individual psychotherapy which are paid for in full by provincial health plans (Ontario and most other provinces) or in part (Quebec) AND acupuncture, for which patents pay - but which is increasingly covered by employer-provided supplemental health plans, or by the recipients themselves where possible. A few patients are regularly treated, by special arrangement, each group session without paying out-of-pocket fees to come.

Due to the cost of providing this unique service, we can only forego acupuncture fees in a limited number of patients. Most patients, however, can be provided with a six month payment schedule if required. 

Determine your payment status during a live conversation with one of our office personnel before arranging your first appointment. It is unpleasant to get a surprise after beginning treatment.  Keep in mind that we do not get paid by the provinces for acupuncture, yet we have the added cost of paying those who provide it.

By combining health care provider pay and user-pay on a case by case basis, we are able to provide this service at an efficient rate of about half the rate provincial insurers pay for equivalent services and results. We will see that you get your money’s worth, whatever you pay or don’t pay. We accept credit cards, PayPal and e-transfer payments.

Reviewing Acudestress after your initial session

A new arrangement exists, as of November 2015 allowing those who have already attended a session and who do not carry acupuncture insurance to return to review AcuDestress at half the regular fee, regardless of whether you paid fees for your initial attendance, if you agree to attend each and every session, not selected sessions.

As of February 2016, Dr. Bailey has put out an offer to use our methodology to treat Syrian refugees coming to Canada and to train professionals from among this group to apply 5-point ear acupuncture treatment themselves (under medical supervision). To accomplish this project, people experienced in receiving AcuDestress are sought who would like to do the NADA training to receive an ADS (Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist) certification. Those who indicate such an interest will be admitted to AcuDestress session exempted from paying acupuncture fees (unless insured.) 

All arrangements concerning billing and cost are administered by one of our program administration directors, Rita Berthiaume reachable at 819-827-0363 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by e-mail at . Please do not expect Dr. Bailey or Rita to become involved in negotiating with insurers or in matters of reimbursement of fees. We have tried this before without any results at all. Please do not request us to intervene on your behalf. 

 Rita (or in some cases others from out office) handles all fee matters, and issues all receipts and makes your appointments with Dr. Bailey. If you have been under the impression that fees will be waived in your case (as they are in cases of patients of the Ottawa Community Health Centres) make sure to mention this to Rita, as she may otherwise expect that you are a paying attendee. as we have several different arrangements with patients due to fee matter discussed above, don’t be surprised if inadvertently you are asked to pay while being exempt. Sometimes it happens. We’ll correct it when it does.

Our goal is to produce a widely available schedule of programs at the lowest possible - cost  -  providing effective hands-on treatment with no more than a 60 day waiting period. Hands-on services (actual appointments and actual groups patients can attend for mental and emotional problems (stress management) are not widely available in the community-at-large, as a too small list of providers are kept busy - but we address this as best we can, reducing waiting time by having office personnel who can cut through red tape - but most of all operate through the highly efficient use of group treatment - and the almost universal use of telemedicine to provide services - as our sole way of providing services.

Because provincial health care coverage pays for our initial intake visits (this is not completely the case with the Régie de l’assurance maladie de Québec who reimburse  Québec residents who pay for their services in advance up to 90% of the Ontario fee schedule) we can usually see new patients within a two week window. To do this, though, we beed patients to do their part too, filling in forms we require in a timely way, or making what financial arrangements are needed without undue delay.

A large number of people in Ottawa-Gatineau have insurance that covers the acupuncture portion of our fee because of the supplemental health care plan of the federal government and high tech companies, among others. Others pay their own fees.

At the other end of the spectrum, some of our patients qualify for attendance based only on having OHIP, and others qualify for fee reductions. Because of the great variety of options with regards to costs and fees, may we suggest that you read this page carefully, and if you still have questions that you call us and talk to us about your particular situation. Fee-paying patients may request a post-dated cheque plan.

We’ll do the best  for you we can. 

Call:    819-827-0363

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call during this time frame until you get a live operator as we find that returning phone calls, responding to voicemail messages is both time-consuming and result-delaying, a frustration for all concerned...

We accept major credit cards.... 

Health Care Workers Exemption

Health care professionals and those who work in health care facilities are exempted from fees, for a reason which begs explanation.

The “off the beaten path” nature of the program requires that it to be explained to potential attendees by someone who has fully experienced it themselves. If it interests you as a person who might send others, your next step is to experience it. 


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(Quebec financial arrangement not included)