Frequently Asked Questions
1. What other programs are available to me at MDABC?
In addition to psychiatric consultations, MDABC offers the following programs that may be of interest to you.
|Program||Doctor’s referral needed?||Fees and insurance||Details|
|Clinical counselling||No||$95 per session. Some extended health plans may provide coverage.||Counselling and Wellness Centre at MDABC – MDABC|
|Peer support groups||No||No fees||MDABC Support Groups – MDABC|
|Jump Step: Exercise as treatment for depression||No||No fees||Jump Step: Exercise For The Treatment Of Depression – MDABC|
|JOY-TH (Journey of Yoga Therapy for Healing)||Yes||Covered by MSP with doctor’s referral. Note that there is no JOY-TH program scheduled for the fall of 2021.||JOY-TH: Journey Of Yoga Therapy for Healing – MDABC|
|Food as Medicine: Diet as treatment for depression||Yes||Covered by MSP with doctor’s referral||Food as Medicine: New Treatment for Depression at MDABC – MDABC|
|rTMS (repetitive trans-cranial magnetic stimulation)||Yes||Initial consultation covered by MSP with doctor’s referral. Treatments not covered by MSP. Some extended health plans and Worksafe BC may provide coverage.||Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – MDABC|
|The Art Studios||No||No fees. Participants must live in Vancouver and must have a diagnosed mental health condition.||Home | theartstudios|
2. What’s a group medical visit (GMV)?
A group medical visit (GMV) is also known as a shared medical appointment. If Dr. Brost or Dr. Remick recommends treatment with medication to you, you are welcome to participate in their group medical visits for medication monitoring, adjustment and prescriptions. For your safety, our doctors will ensure that you are obtaining prescriptions from one doctor only.
A GMV is a supportive environment in which 6-10 patients come together with the psychiatrist to evaluate and discuss their on-going medical treatment. Every patient has the opportunity to speak with the doctor during the GMV, and to learn more about treatments of their illnesses by hearing treatment recommendations given to other patients who may similar illnesses) . If you are not familiar with GMV’s, you can get a better understanding by viewing this video.
Please be on time for all group medical visits. Late arrivals are disruptive to other group attendees. For the benefit of all patients, people who are than 10 minutes late for a GMV will not be admitted.
GMV’s are available only to current patients of Dr. Brost or Dr. Remick. Their patients can book a GMV online using this link, or call the MDABC front desk at (604) 873-0103. Please do not book a GMV until after you have had a consultation with an MDABC psychiatrist, and have been accepted by Dr. Brost or Dr. Remick.
The available GMV times are:
|Dr. Brost||Tuesdays from 1-2 pm
Wednesdays from 2-3 pm
|Dr. Remick||Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Wednesdays from 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Important: If you cancel your attendance at a GMV with less than 24 hours notice, or if you arrive more than 10 minutes late, a cancellation fee of $25 will be charged. This is not covered by MSP or other insurance.
3. Do you fill out insurance and disability/return to work forms?
Insurers and companies that manage short and long term disability leaves often require their clients to have their doctors or psychiatrists fill out forms to provide information to the insurer about your health condition.
MDABC psychiatrists will fill out these forms for their current patients only. If you are a patient of one of our psychiatrists and need such a form filled out, please e-mail the form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to us at (604) 873-3095. Be sure to include your name and your doctor’s name, and say that you are asking them to fill out the form.
Some forms require information that our psychiatrist may not be able to provide. Your psychiatrist will review the form and decide whether he or she can provide the requested information, and if so, whether an appointment is necessary and whether a fee will apply. Fees are determined by guidelines from the Doctors of BC, and apply in most cases. The psychiatrist or our office will then respond, and will schedule the appointment if needed.
4. Do you have evening or weekend appointments?
No, MDABC is open during weekdays only, except statutory holidays. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, you should report to the Emergency room of your nearest hospital, call the crisis line at, or call 911.