Physiotherapists are considered to be professionals in primary health care, like physicians or dentists, and their fees vary from province to province and according to their conditions of practice.
Research has shown that less than 10% 100% of patients pay all costs associated with their physiotherapy services themselves. For many Canadians, their health insurance provider pays all or a portion of the cost of these services.
Physiotherapists working in the private sector may bill clients directly or third-party payers such as private health insurance plans or occupational health and safety commissions. Provincial health insurance plans may also provide coverage for some or all of the costs of physiotherapy services provided in hospitals or community clinics.
If you plan to see a physiotherapist in a private clinic, you should contact your health insurance provider to confirm the degree of coverage for such services. If you see a physiotherapist in a hospital clinic, the service may be paid for in whole or in part by your provincial health insurance plan.
Every case is unique and so is every patient. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask your physiotherapist about the costs of your care.