2016 NEWS UPDATE: New Extended Healthcare direct billing available! Check with your therapist to see if they are able to bill directly. Companies include:
Great West Life
Chamber of Commerce
and more ... ask your RMT for more information.
2015 NEWS UPDATE: Blue Cross now allows for direct billing. Ask your therapist to check your coverage.
2011 NEWS UPDATE: Great West Life is now offering direct payment to your RMT via HealthSolutions Plus card swiped through a debit/visa terminal. Contact Great West Life to inquire if it is available on your plan.
2009 NEWS UPDATE: Green Shield of Canada will now pay Massage Therapists directly on behalf of their insured customers. This means there is no expense incurred for your visit. Your therapist can bill Green Shield direct for the cost of your treatment. Bring your Green Shield card and your doctor’s referral to your initial appointment.
Health Services BC ** we no longer bill directly for this service - you will need to complete a form to request reimbursement directly from Health Services BC **
Those who earn up to $28,000 per year qualify for government premium assistance which allows for a total of 10 treatments per calendar year for Massage Therapy. Also included within these 10 treatments are any Chiropractic and Physiotherapy visits. Ask your therapist to check your coverage for you before your treatment if you are entitled to Premium Assistance through Health Insurance BC.
Valid ICBC claims have coverage for Massage THerapy visits with a doctor’s referral and your adjuster’s approval. ICBC will cover $23 per visit toward your first 12 treatments within the first 8 weeks following your accident. If you are not at fault for the accident, you may be reimbursed for the balance of the treatment costs by your adjuster in the settlement of your claim.
RCMP & DVA
Pacific Blue Cross will pay your therapist directly for your treatment upon approval with a doctor’s referral.
DVA has a maximum allowance per calendar year of (usually) $800.
RCMP will pay up to 20 half-hour units per calendar year.
EXTENDED HEALTH CARE PLANS
Most Extended Health Care Providers cover Massage Therapy. Contact them directly to find out your annual and/or visit allowance.
For your information, below are links to various Providers that regularly cover Massage Therapy.
Pacific Blue Cross
Great West Life
Industrial Alliance Pacific