Give Texans the Right to Choose Physical Therapy
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Give Texans the Right to Choose Physical Therapy

    1. Petition by

      TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOC

en Español

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It's Your Right to Access Physical Therapy Directly

Current law in Texas prohibits you from directly accessing your physical therapist for treatment. You can go to a chiropractor, podiatrist, accupuncurist, massage therapist, personal trainer and more for treatment, but the law prohibits you from going directly to your physical therapist without a referral from a doctor, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or dentist.

40 other states allow consumers to begin physical therapy treatment without a referral. This means that 188 million Americans have better access to care than Texans. Texas should be a leader in the healthcare arena, not the last one to give Texans a right they deserve.

Texas consumers seeking alternatives to prescription medication and surgery are choosing physical therapy for the prevention and treatment of conditions affecting movement and function, only to find arbitrary, unnecessary, and costly access barriers. 

It is time to allow Texans direct access to physical therapists for treatment so that consumers can benefit from the real cost savings associated with conservative management of movement and function-related conditions.

Sign the petition at right and help change the law.

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    • Mark DiGiammarino ALLSTON, MA
      • about 10 hours ago

      I go to PT and don't want to need a referral

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    • Rachelle Hall FORT WORTH, TX
      • 1 day ago

      It just makes sense!! Patients should not need a prescription to see a DOCTOR of Physical therapy. OR if they must have a prescription and be referred (like a specialist) PTs need to be paid like specialists. Direct access will lead to reduced cost of care and free up PCPs to see patients who do not have musculoskeletal problems. Want to change healthcare? Direct access to physical therapy and placing more focus on preventative medicine is an excellent place to start.

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    • Benjamin Sergeant AUSTIN, TX
      • 1 day ago

      I'm a DPT concerned with access in the state of TX.

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    • Caughey Richardson AUSTIN, TX
      • 4 days ago

      My physical therapist actually uses good scientific research to choose treatments and they are effective. Unlike any voodoo magic chiropractor I've been to. PTs have been first line of care in the military for years. It's time that we have direct access to them.

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    • marti price AUSTIN, TX
      • 4 days ago

      I was a chronic problem that requires a PT and not a doctor.

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