Receiving massage therapy can be great for your physical and mental health, whether you need recovery or would like to prevent pain from occurring in the future. However, like other alternative health practices, it is not always recognized as a necessary or even beneficial service that should be covered by one’s health insurance. If you know that you could benefit from massage therapy in Victoria and are concerned about the cost, here’s what you should know about when massage therapy is covered by insurance.
When you’ve been referred by a general practitioner or other health professional
If any health practitioner, such as a chiropractor or osteopathic, refers you to a massage therapist, you may be able to get coverage by your health insurance for the massage. Since every private insurer has different rules and regulations, this isn’t a surefire way to gain coverage. You will have to look into what your insurer says on the matter, but above all you should keep in mind that this is a possibility. If you are in pain and other professionals you have seen have not helped, massage therapy in Victoria can be an option.
When massage is included as a part of a treatment program
The physical therapist or other professionals you are seeing currently for any reason may put massage therapy into your treatment. If this is the case, you will very likely be able to get the massage covered by your insurance.
After you have been in a car accident
If you have been left injured after being in a motor vehicle accident, you can feel rest assured that massage therapy is included, along with chiropractic and physiotherapy, as a covered treatment method by ICBC. You will not have to seek out a referral from your doctor in order to get connected with a massage therapist. With this regulation from ICBC, the first twelve treatments of massage therapy are approved as a means of treatment and you will be covered to a total of twenty-three dollars per session at the most by ICBC.
And if you find that the eight first sessions were not enough, you can ask your medical doctor if they would recommend you attend up to eight more sessions.
When the massage therapist accepts insurance
Allowing clients to use insurance to access their services can become a headache for massage therapists, as there is extra paperwork involved, so some may avoid it all together.
Learn more about Achieve Health and their Victoria massage therapy service.