As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Peter Wood treats everything from asthma and eczema to eating disorders and anxiety.
At Qi Integrated Health on Vancouver’s West Side, he uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs and qi gong, among other centuries-old techniques, to help people improve their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. He’s also just one of many B.C. health professionals who are going to have to start charging the 12-percent harmonized sales tax when it comes into effect next July. Like many of his peers, Wood says the HST is going to hurt health-care providers and patients alike.
The new tax will apply to a range of goods and services that previously came under the GST but not the PST…Some health services, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic care, are GST-exempt, which means they will also be exempt from the HST. Other health services, however, will incur the HST, among them acupuncture, acupressure, registered massage therapy, homeopathy, and shiatsu.
—Straight.com; Vancouver, B.C.; August 13