Insurance company AFBS does not recognize AQTN members (March 2017)

AFBS currently only recognizes one of the 20+ Quebec massage associations:

Or copy and paste the link below:

https://www.afbs.ca/members-insurance-program/extended-health-care-benefits#paramedical-practitioner-guidelines

AFBS requirements in Quebec are based on the notion that the association seeking recognition be ‘regulatory-like‘.

The standards with which organizations are considered include:

  1. • Education and training similar to professionals in regulated provinces;
  2. • Continuing education requirements;
  3. • Standards of practice to which its members must adhere;
  4. • A Code of Ethics to which its members must adhere;
  5. • A scope of practice that is available to the public; and
  6. • A formal disciplinary and complaint review process.

There is a very important insight here (assuming you verified which association is deemed to have met these standards).  We do hope that you see it, knowing that many of our readers are other Quebec associations.

There are therefore two different options for recognition: Either demonstrate that we are regulatory-like; or demonstrate that the very notion of being a regulatory-like association in a non-regulated market is a lie.

Regulatory body: Protect the public. Public confidence in accountability.  Inquire on all complaints received. Guides all registrants. ICRC is appointed based on merit and experience. Just and fair process. Receive mandatory reports. Health professions procedural code applies. Employees and employers MUST report certain incidences. Is a regulatory college. Transparent and accountable. Public postings on website. Existence of legal massage therapy act. Public can be informed. Mandated by government. Sanctions are binding and can result in loss of right to practice. Legal rights. Legal recourse. Jurisdiction. Protected title. By default income tax deductible for population. Accountable to a higher governmental authority. Complaint statistics must be public. Continuing education is generally required, verified and enforced. Liability insurance is mandatory for all active members.

Association: Mandated to represent interests of members. Public cannot have confidence in accountability. Number of complaints often not made public. Can only guide it’s own registrants (max 25%). ICRC is self-appointed internally. Fairness is to be given to members. There are no mandatory reports.  Health professions procedural code does not apply. Employees and employers are not legally required to report certain incidences. Is not a regulatory college. Not transparent, accountable to themselves internally. It is not legally permitted to post detailed complaints on website due to privacy act. No legal existence of legal massage therapy act. Public cannot be informed. Self-assigned dual conflicting mandate of protecting the public and protecting their members. Sanctions are not binding, association cannot restrict right to practice (member can go to another association). No legal rights, no legal recourse, no jurisdiction, no protected or reserved title, by default not income tax deductible for population (unless prescribed by a medical doctor). Not accountable to any higher authority, government or private. Complaint statistics cannot be public. Continuing education is typically not required, not verified and rarely enforced. Liability insurance is generally not mandatory for all active members.

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