BONUS QUESTION: DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S NOTE FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY?
No, you do not need a doctor’s note to see a physiotherapist.
A doctor’s referral is not required to see any health professional that is regulated by legislation that governs their professional college, like our therapists who are certified by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. These regulatory colleges serve to protect the public, making sure healthcare professionals are safe, ethical, and competent.
Many clients believe that they require a doctor’s note to receive appropriate treatment from a registered physiotherapist, when in fact, a registered physiotherapist has the ability to diagnose disorders, dysfunction, and injuries that are within the scope of their practice. Depending on your physiotherapist’s training and clinical background, this may include musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, and cardiorespiratory illnesses. The physiotherapist’s assessment and your specific goals will determine the appropriate course of treatment.
All that said, if you are going to use your health insurance benefits to cover the cost of physiotherapy, some insurance providers may ask you for a doctor’s referral to have physiotherapy expenses reimbursed. You will be responsible for checking the details of your plan or your spouse’s plan, ensuring you have the correct documentation, and submitting your receipts for reimbursement.
In all cases, we do encourage open communication with your doctor(s) in order to ensure the best quality of service and care. You can let us know, during your first visit, if you would like them to be included in your correspondence.
Please note that OHIP (government-funded) coverage for physiotherapy services is only available at OHIP licensed facilities for Ontario residents under the age of 18 or over 65.
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