Physiotherapy Clinics near Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  • Quick Guide To Finding A Physiotherapist in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    Costs of Physiotherapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Treatments are covered by most insurance plans and can direct bill your insurance company when available.

    In Nova Scotia, physiotherapy is covered by our provincial healthcare system. You can access outpatient physiotherapy through your local hospital; however, there are often lengthy wait times to receive care. Please contact your local physiotherapy outpatient clinic to find out more information on wait times. These times can vary based on your condition.

    If you are scheduled for orthopaedic surgery (such as for a knee or hip replacement), you will most likely receive some inpatient physiotherapy following the surgery. You may also be referred for outpatient physiotherapy once you are released from hospital to assist with your recovery. Other examples of people who receive referrals for physiotherapy within the public health system include young children with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy or cystic fibrosis and seniors or those with serious chronic illnesses living in extended care facilities.

    If you have been in a car accident you should contact your insurance company to let them know. Then book an appointment immediately with a physiotherapist to get an early assessment. 

    The good news is that you don’t have to seek approval of the insurer to get an assessment. The physiotherapy clinic will bill the automobile insurer directly so you can focus on recovering and not on administrative hassles.

    Treatment length is usually 10 – 12 weeks for car accident injuries. There is a large variance and you may only require a couple of visits or you may require years of treatment depending on the extent of your injuries. Under Section B Accident Benefits your insurance company is required to cover all reasonable expenses incurred within 2 years from the date of the accident for necessary physiotherapy and other medical services that are essential for rehabilitation.

    Nova Scotia workers who are injured on the job and are insured under the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia may receive physiotherapy covered by their employer’s WCB insurance premiums. Injured workers can go directly to a physiotherapist. There is no need for a referral from a doctor.

    Physiotherapy is normally included in employer or purchased health benefit plans. Coverage varies from plan to plan and can range from $500 to $1,000 so you need to look into the details of your health coverage. Some insurers require a referral from a doctor to access your physiotherapy coverage. 

    Most clinics offer direct billing so they will manage the administration of reimbursement for you so you can focus your efforts on your treatment instead of managing paperwork. 

    Direct billing is the physiotherapy clinic taking on the tedious task of submitting your claim to your insurance company for you! 

    Take advantage of the clinics that provide this service for you. It is a huge time saver for you and you won’t have to submit claims after every visit. The insurance company pays the physiotherapy clinic directly for your treatment. Depending on your health care coverage only part of your treatment may be covered so you will need to pay for the portion that the insurance doesn’t cover.

    If none of the above funded options are available to you then you will have to pay out of your own pocket.

    Prices will vary depending on the type of assessment, injury and time that is required. Physiotherapists that have taken additional education and require certification for specialized skills will charge more per visit.

    Assessments: $105 to $180

    Treatments $75 – $140

    You will always be told the cost of the services when you book your first appointment and then the therapist will give you a detailed treatment plan including expectations and costs after your initial assessment.

    Insurance Covered & Submitted For You

    Your treatments are covered by most insurance plans. Most clinics in Halifax also direct bill your insurance company when available.

    • Assumption Life
    • Belmont Financial
    • Benefit Plan Administrators (Only Local 625)
    • Blue Cross
    • Blue Cross Federal Programs (VAC, RCMP, CF)
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Claim Secure
    • Co-operators
    • Great-West Life
    • Green Shield
    • Industrial Alliance
    • Manulife
    • Maximum Benefit
    • OTIP
    • Sirius Benefit Plans
    • SSQ
    • Standard Life
    • Sunlife

    Halifax Physiotherapy FAQs

    There are a few different ways to get your physiotherapy treatments covered in Halifax, NS. 

    Were you injured at work?

    Then you may be eligible to have your entire treatment covered by WCB. If you have injured yourself at work you and your employee need to fill out a WCB claim. You can then go for an assessment at an approved WCB physiotherapy clinic. The
    initial physiotherapy examination and first treatment will usually be paid for by WCB.

    Further physiotherapy treatment is only approved once the claim is accepted. If approved, the WCB may authorize physiotherapy treatment for up to six weeks. That means you won’t be required to pay anything out of your own pocket and your treatment will be free.

    Are you covered under Nova Scotia Health Services?

    There is limited coverage from Nova Scotia Health Services and MSI for physiotherapy. To find MSI-funded physiotherapy services, visit Nova Scotia Health Service’s website and search for “physiotherapy.” 

    In Nova Scotia, physiotherapy at publicly funded clinics is usually covered by the provincial healthcare system, MSI. You can access outpatient physiotherapy through your local hospital; however there are often lengthy wait times to receive care. MSI does not cover treatment at privately-funded clinics.

    Are you covered under Employer Insurance Benefits?

    Physiotherapy is normally included in employer or purchased health benefit plans. Coverage varies from plan to plan and can range from $500 to unlimited so you need to look into the details of your health coverage. Some insurers require a referral from a doctor to access your physiotherapy coverage. Most clinics offer direct billing so they will manage the administration of reimbursement for you so you can focus your efforts on your treatment instead of managing paperwork.

    Yes! 

    The best way to replicate the physiotherapy you get at a clinic in your home is to let your physiotherapist treat you virtually online. Your physical therapist can assess how you move, look at your work set up, look how you have set up your home exercise station and watch you your exercises. They can then give you specific suggestions to make sure you can continue towards achieving your goals.

    Physiotherapy video visits (also known as virtual visits) are now covered by most major insurance providers just the same way as an in-clinic session would be covered.

    There are a large variety of injuries involving many different joints and muscles that physiotherapists typically treat in Halifax, NS.

    Here are some of the most common ones that physiotherapists see on a regular basis:

    • Sprain and strains
    • Sports injuries
    • Workplace injuries
    • Concussions
    • Arthritis
    • Dizziness, vertigo and imbalance

    Find A Physiotherapist Near You

    This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone all (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation. This session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you get back to doing the things you love in life.