Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Physiotherapy Cost?
Pricing will depend on if the session is an initial visit and after that if will depend on the length of time. Our current pricing charge can be found here.
Do You Need a Doctor’s Referral?
The short answer is no. You do not need a doctor’s referral to commence physiotherapy treatment. Should you have an appointment with your doctor and would like to provide one to us that is fine as well.
With that being said, there are some extended health plans which require a referral for physiotherapy to be on file and sent to them for payment of your sessions. Please contact your extended health company beforehand to find out if this is needed.
Is Physiotherapy covered by the British Columbia Medical Services Plan?
In 2002, physiotherapy was delisted by the government from the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP), meaning that the majority of people in BC must pay for physiotherapy through extended health benefits, their own money, or a combination of the two. Today, Medical Services Plan (MSP) Premium Assistance is in effect, covering some of the costs for people with low-income needing assistance. Clinics may still require a user fee to be paid to cover the difference.
To learn more about these benefits, eligibility, and enrollment please visit the Government of B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP) website.
Is Physiotherapy tax-deductible in Canada?
In most cases, you may claim a medical expense deduction in Canada for qualifying therapies delivered to you or your dependents. Services must be prescribed and delivered by authorized medical practitioners. For more information please speak to an accountant or contact the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).
Does ICBC Cover Physiotherapy?
If you have been involved in a recent motor vehicle accident, have claimed injuries, and received a claim number you are eligible for up to 25 sessions of physiotherapy treatment to be used within 3 months of the accident date. Should you and your therapist feel you need more treatment past the pre-approved number of sessions, your therapist can submit a treatment plan to ICBC asking for more approval for you.
Our clinic does direct bill to ICBC, so there would be nothing to pay out of pocket for you, unless you are receiving one of our specialty treatments here such as Shockwave Therapy, Acupuncture or IMS. These services result in a $30 user fee not covered by ICBC. For more information on what ICBC covers after an accident.
What Qualifications are Needed to be a Physiotherapist in British Columbia?
Below are the steps and qualifications involved in graduating to become a Registered Physiotherapist in British Columbia:
- Volunteering hours before applying to school (The University of B.C requires 70 hours of volunteering work experience to be done before applying. The number of hours will vary depending on the university you are applying to)
- 4 year undergraduate degree in a like-minded field
- 2 year masters degree in physiotherapy at an accredited university
- Completed practicum (this will range in hours depending on the school – Queens University requires 5 different practicum placements lasting 6 weeks long)
- Written & practical competency exam needed to become licenced
- Registration with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia is required to practice as a physiotherapist in British Columbia
- Registration with the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia is not required but is highly recommended to join