View Full Version : Paying testing, no OSAP - what are my options?


baxy
08-21-07, 12:40 AM
I have been diagnosed with ADHD by an MD who specializes in ADHD. He's fine and all, but I would really prefer more thorough testing and insight than this person can give me.

Recently I was at the Centre for Students with Disabilities at UWO (graduating in Oct) and was informed that OSAP can often pay for this testing which can cost upwards of $2000.

So I applied for OSAP as I am going to a new school in the fall. I did the online thing, but unfortunately with my husband's income it appears that I am going to be eligible for "approximately $0.00"

What are my other options? We definitely can't afford to pay for this testing right now as I am not working....

Are there any other burseries that I could/should apply for?

Futzbudget
08-23-07, 08:37 AM
I have been diagnosed with ADHD by an MD who specializes in ADHD. He's fine and all, but I would really prefer more thorough testing and insight than this person can give me.

Recently I was at the Centre for Students with Disabilities at UWO (graduating in Oct) and was informed that OSAP can often pay for this testing which can cost upwards of $2000.

So I applied for OSAP as I am going to a new school in the fall. I did the online thing, but unfortunately with my husband's income it appears that I am going to be eligible for "approximately $0.00"

What are my other options? We definitely can't afford to pay for this testing right now as I am not working....

Are there any other burseries that I could/should apply for?

I don't know anything about OSAP or government funding, but $2000 sounds a little steep to me. Is it possible you could find it somewhere else for less? Dr. Bilkey (ADHD psychiatrist in Barrie) charges $1000. Of course then you would have travel expenses and maybe a hotel for a couple of nights. Dumb suggestion. Never mind.

I'm having to go that route in spite of the cost, because there doesn't seem to be ANYONE around here (Kitchener area -- we're almost neighbours!) who knows much about it. You're lucky, in a way, even to have found an MD with a specialty. My own MD (after a diagnosis by a psychologist) gave me Concerta, but when that didn't work, didn't have the confidence to do more experimenting. So...off to Barrie.

What is it you are hoping to find out that your current doc can't tell you? (This is NOT a veiled criticism --I'm really curious, in order to know what kind of things I should be asking and looking into when my time comes.)

julian32
09-06-07, 09:23 AM
I'm in Halifax and there are three Adult ADHD SPecialists in this city. All three charge something different but seem to do the same testing. Either 1 full day or two seperate apointments....I narrowed it down to one who treats adults only in his practice and direct bills BlueCross-my employers plan....so looks like the $1200 is covered in this case.

hollyduck
09-06-07, 11:04 AM
I'm in Winnipeg and my GP tells me have a choice between waiting a year or more for a diagnosis, paying about $1200 for assessment from a private clinic (no treatment -- just assessment :rolleyes: ), or get a student assessment at the local medical school. I have no idea why my GP / clinic won't do the assessment, I suppose I should ask. I have full-bore Blue Cross, and they will cover a whopping $350 of it. As a single gal on a small pension, I'm not impressed at all.

I learned all this yesterday. I called the university and got on their list, contacted the private clinic and got the bad $$$ news, and should make some more calls today. What a pain.

However, for any readers poised to criticise the Canadian system, I also have an appointment for carpal tunnel surgery, to be done some time next winter or spring, with evaluation, testing and surgery free of charge.

Ducky

QueensU_girl
09-06-07, 09:23 PM
BSWD is available thru your School's Disabilities Office.

Are you registered there yet? You can register there PENDING testing, IME.

Next, do an OSAP appeal, though, to update your income and be re-assessed by OSAP.

Lastly, my testing bill came after the Testing was done. (Not immediate payment!)

See if your school's testing clinic will do this. My clinic's website also says that it will do sliding scale. The poorest of the poor can pay $300.

I'd imagine Queen's and Western are pretty similar...

QueensU_girl
09-06-07, 09:26 PM
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, apply to your Student Awards dept for a "general bursary" to pay for the testing.

Sheesh. One year i was cut off OSAP (kept failing statistics due to being undiagnosed/untreated) and Queen's gave me a General Bursary of $3450 towards my tuition.

Western is pretty loaded too.

Don't give up hope. There's help somewhere.

lostsoul
04-06-09, 12:24 PM
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, apply to your Student Awards dept for a "general bursary" to pay for the testing.

Sheesh. One year i was cut off OSAP (kept failing statistics due to being undiagnosed/untreated) and Queen's gave me a General Bursary of $3450 towards my tuition.

Western is pretty loaded too.

Don't give up hope. There's help somewhere.

wow $3450.... why don't I go to queens? LOL

max I ever got was $700.00

Yes, do an osap appeal. there are ways to get around that process. One thing you can't get around is if you have high income that you claim to the CRA. If you're above 10k then forget it. If it's parental income that's getting in your way then you can easily get around it.

If you still need help, pm me.