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It's Your Right to Access Physical Therapy Directly, House Bill 1263
Current law in Texas prohibits you from directly accessing your physical therapist for treatment. You can go to a chiropractor, podiatrist, acupuncturist, 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.
46 other states allow consumers to begin physical therapy treatment without a referral. This means that 200 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.
- Texas State House
- Texas State Senate
- Texas Governor
Texans should have the choice to go directly to a physical therapist for treatment. Right now, in Texas, I can go directly to a chiropractor, podiatrist, acupuncturist, massage therapist and more, but state law prohibits me from going to my physical therapist directly for treatment.
46 other states allow consumers to begin physical therapy treatment without a referral. This means that 200 million Americans have better access to care than I do. Texas should be a leader in the healthcare arena, not the last one to give me my right to choose physical therapy.
The law also states that a physician, chiropractor, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or dentist may refer a me to physical therapy. That means a costly office visit just to get a referral.
Studies show that getting patients to physical therapy sooner betters outcomes and saves money.
Please change the law to give me and my fellow Texans the right to choose direct access to my physical therapist for treatment. Please support HB 1263.
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