View Full Version : Manitoba ADDults - $$$ diagnosis, and then more $$$ ?

09-10-07, 09:34 AM
Hello all,

well, I'm trying for diagnosis right now and have come up against the brick wall that our medical system doesn't cover psychological treatment. In order to get a diagnosis, it looks like I'll have to pony up $1200-$1500. It's going to take a while, but I suppose I can scrape the money together eventually.

However, this morning I was struck with the disturbing thought that in order to get the medications (assuming I do get diagnosed) and get the medications changed or balanced when necessary (which seems to be a pretty common procedure) I may have to continue working with these private sector psychologists, each of whom charges around $150 per hour. I'm on a small fixed income, and if I have to spring the equivalent of my monthly electrical bill once a month for an hour of this person's time, I have no idea how I'm going to manage it. Any Manitobans here who can tell me how this works in the province? I would call my doctor, but they're overworked already and I'm not sure she would know. The provincial website doesn't seem to be any help at all.


09-10-07, 10:58 AM
hi hollyduck
I had looked into getting a psycologist diagnosis, and even here (Quebec) it costs 1500$. I went the easy route, I saw my family doctor (actually walk in clinic, its impossible to get a family doctor around here) and asked for a refferal to a psychiatrist. psychiatrists are covered in ontario and Quebec, I assume its the same in Manitoba.
it wont be as in-depth as the psychological analisis, but they will know enough to diagnose you and prescribe you the appropriate medication. and for the modest sum of 0$, its worth a try, no?

09-10-07, 11:23 AM
I hadn't thought of that. I'll give a couple of psychiatrists a call and see what they say. However, it seems very likely to me that they're waiting lists will be as long as everybody else's. Plus, a lot of doctors are taking new patients.


09-10-07, 11:32 AM
psychiatrist waiting lists are usually 1-2 months to almost a year. it took me six months, I would have gone to get the psychologist assesment, but I was pretty broke, and food was higher on my priority list

09-10-07, 11:34 AM
addition to previous message -- my mistake, I should've said "a lot of local doctors are not taking new patients". Sorry.

09-10-07, 11:38 AM
I figured thats what you meant.
I was in Ottawa when I was looking for one, once the clinic gave me a date of Jan 2008 (that was from my refferal in april) I just looked up the psychiatrist assosiation of ontatio ( theres probably the same for manitoba) and called them one by one asking what their waiting times were (and their specialty) I had found one who could see me a month later. so dont rely on the doctor at the clinic, since he probably has affiliations with others, and will be retticent (not sure if thats an english word, but it means nearly-unwilling) to send you to one out of his adress book. and by law, if you find another doctor to be reffered to, he has to send it to them, so its all to your advantage to look

09-10-07, 11:53 AM

ta daa!!! :) good luck hollyduck

09-10-07, 12:05 PM
Great link, TeLL!!! I am SO impressed!


09-10-07, 12:36 PM
ask and you shall receive! =P

09-19-07, 07:22 PM
Hello folks, just writing because I got a letter in the mail today from the hospital clinical health psychology department, letting me know that I'm on their waiting list:

"This letter is to inform you that you have been referred... for a psychoeducational assessment. We should advise you that we are not able to offer treatment for these issues; our services are only focused on diagnostic evaluations. Due to the increasing number of referrals for this waitlist is lengthy and presently exceeds 1 1/2 years..."


so I will call them tomorrow and get a little clarification.

still crazy after all these years

09-22-07, 02:38 PM
so it'll take half a year to get a diagnostic for a problem they pre-refuse to treat you for? thats... pathetic.
I hope you get something more concice and sooner. good luclk!!

09-22-07, 02:47 PM
Thanks, Mike. On the other hand, I'm a s***-disturber, so I will probably make some waves over this.


09-23-07, 01:57 AM
its deserved too! they are telling you before you give them money (since its psychological, therefore not covered under health insurance, well here at least) that they wont treat you for it, once they identify the root problem? there's something immensley wrong with that!!!
I'd look at a different clinic, or different company, since they obviously can deal with that kind of problem

09-23-07, 08:49 AM
Many thanks for keeping an eye on my travails, TeLL.

I'm hoping to hear from the university medical diagnostics department, which is likely to be the quickest of the non-monetary dx's-- a couple of months, perhaps?

Then, the clinic at the hospital that specializes in this, which will be 18 months or more, argghhh.

And finally a private clinic if I can ever raise the money. but here's the other thing I worry about with a private clinic -- one of the guys at the support group the other night was talking about finally getting his diagnosis. A couple of times he said "it was expensive, but it was worth it." They ran all kinds of tests, intelligence, memory, a bunch of other things, and while I was listening to him I was also thinking, "yeah right, every additional test adds another $300 to the bill." On the one hand, there are so many comorbidities that I can understand why a really precise diagnosis is important. But on the other hand when it comes to looking for a psych clinic, I am as hampered in judging them when I go looking for an auto mechanic. (It used to be every time I took my car to an auto mechanic, I would have to take it back again in two weeks for a different problem that I hadn't thought was there before. So I developed a permanent suspicion of auto mechanics.)

In our health care system, this usually isn't a problem because the money doesn't come directly out of the patient's pocket. But with a problem like this diagnosis,how do I evaluate different clinics ahead of time in order to find the best one? There doesn't seem to be any way to do that except by experimentation, and life's too short and my pocket's too empty for that much experimentation. (I'm also stalling on finding a new auto mechanic, for pretty much the same reason)

I wish there was some way to talk to all the other ADHD people in my city and compare notes.


09-23-07, 01:14 PM
Winnipeg ADHD (LD) Support Group.

Location: Learning Disabilities of Manitoba (
617 Erin Street, Winnipeg
(204) 774-1821 please call first
Facilitator: Michelle Intrepidi

Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
60 Maryland Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 1K7

I dont know if they are inter related, and I dont know if your in winapeg, (lol sorry) but this should be the closest thing to being available to you, and they've probbaly got lots of resources

keep on looking and good luck!!!!! if you keep poking your head in places, you're bound to find someone whos been where you are (where you live too) and know the loopholes to actually get treatment, since it seems no one wants to give it

09-23-07, 02:22 PM
I wouldn't count on a psychiatrist diagnosing something as subtle as Adult ADHD. I say that from personal and professional experience.

Psychiatry doesn't really easily identify things unless you are (a) seeing aliens or (b) having command hallucinations ('kill, kill, kill').

The usual Adult Psychiatry view on something like and LD or ADHD is that they're not really into treating it (unless you are a student). Rather, the view is moreso to shrug their shoulders and tell you to learn to live with it. (Not that I agree with that either.)

My solution was to become/stay a student. Then I was eligible for Free Testing.

LDs and ADHD that are Directly affecting learning -=NOW=- will be the Province's $$$ focus. I'm sure Ontario is likely similar to Manitoba.

Honestly? Consider taking one part time course. This will make you eligible for a whole new world of services...

09-23-07, 02:22 PM
In the 1960s, when Medicare was being setup, Psychologists chose to opt out of the Medicare system.

09-23-07, 02:54 PM
My solution was to become/stay a student. Then I was eligible for Free Testing.

LDs and ADHD that are Directly affecting learning -=NOW=- will be the Province's $$$ focus. I'm sure Ontario is likely similar to Manitoba.

Honestly? Consider taking one part time course. This will make you eligible for a whole new world of services...
Thanks a lot, lady. I'll definitely give that some thought. It's interesting that I was discussing a friend's dental problems with him the other night, and he was thinking the same thing.

Isn't it sad that I've had to stumble along for several decades under an invisible handicap, and now I've got a pretend to be a college student in order to catch up to the point I should've been when I was a real college student? :D

A quick glance tells me that the cost of the tuition for 6 credits, plus the health plan, would be around $800. Hey, I could get my teeth done, too. Oh, and study a bit also.

09-23-07, 03:54 PM

The Dental plan is basic (no braces or caps likely), but will certainly help you or your family members. (Or your friend.)

Even the Physiotherapy & RMT (reimbursable with an Rx) covered $300/yr for my own injury treatments.

There may be a Bursary Program to cover your Tuition and Testing. Ontario covered mine... I'd bet Manitoba is similar.

It's sad that people have to do such things, but we only go around this planet once, right? I'd rather know my problems, than struggle with a nameless deficit and waste my life.

It is a painful thing, existentially, to be an underacheiver in life, despite being bright, and to not know why.

We see a lot of way dumber people zipping past us in terms of life success. It makes me crazy sometimes.

09-23-07, 04:00 PM

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09-23-07, 04:01 PM
I'd start with checking out the ACCESS grants. See if you can get funding for your LD/ADHD Testing to establish that you have a disability. This then opens more doors for funding.

09-23-07, 04:08 PM
Wow, Q/U! Thanks for the help. --Ducky

09-24-07, 06:37 AM
Thanks, TeLL. Yes, I've met these folks and they're a nice bunch. We're exploring my diagnosis problems but so far I'm still at a crossroads without a lot of freedom to move.

Besides, impulsiveness has been driving me, in addition to my real level of concern, and I keep having to remind myself that if I've lived for 50-odd years another few months shouldn't do me much harm.

Sitting in the lotus position

09-24-07, 05:37 PM
at least I didnt spell it winapig haha

09-26-07, 02:47 PM
actually Queens U girl, I'm bookmarking that this site, since I'm going to university next year, it'll certainly help me too.