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Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

Posted in Preventative Tips, General, Conditions & Treatment

Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

In most cases, a referral is not required for a physiotherapist to assess and treat you.

Because physiotherapists are considered primary health care providers and are able to diagnose conditions, you do not require a referral.

You may, however, require a doctor's referral if you are either seeking government-funded physiotherapy services or if your benefits insurer requires one.

Will my benefits insurance cover physiotherapy treatments?

This is one of the most common questions we get at Motion Works Physiotherapy clinics in Stittsville and our other locations in the greater Ottawa area – and the short answer is both 'yes' and 'no'.

Yes, physiotherapy is covered in many cases – however, any specific insurance company may require a physician’s referral for the insurance company to approve coverage.

To find out what exactly is covered, you'll need to check the details of your benefits plan.

Does OHIP cover any physiotherapy treatments?

The answer is again, 'yes' and 'no'.

Depending on your personal situation and treatment needs, OHIP may offer coverage. However, because there are variables to what OHIP will and will not cover, we recommend you research the details prior to booking.  Here at Motion Works Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, we are not a registered OHIP clinic, and do not bill directly to OHIP.  We recommend you give us a call and we can help talk you through the possibilities.

Still unclear about what to do?

Give us a call. Our team is happy to take the time to answer your questions and help you get the physiotherapy treatment you need when you need it. 

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