In Alberta, physiotherapists are considered primary care providers, so you can see a private one without requiring your doctor’s referral.
However, your physician will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for post-surgery recovery or an extended medical issue needing specialized attention. It is common for physiotherapists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as a doctor, occupational therapists and massage therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
In addition, if your private health insurance covers physiotherapy, you may need to provide a doctor’s referral for the insurer to cover the cost of your treatment.
In Alberta, physiotherapy may be eligible for coverage if a physician determines it to be medically necessary, particularly for patients recovering from post-operative surgery. Consult your doctor regarding physiotherapy covered by Alberta Health Services.
Physiotherapy services covered by Alberta Health Services are available only at designated clinics approved by the province. Human Integrated Performance now provides physiotherapy covered by Alberta Health Services under particular circumstances. Contact us to find learn more.