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Consumers should have the choice to go directly to a physical therapist for treatment. Did you know that current law requires any person in California seeking treatment from a physical therapist to first visit a medical doctor for a referral? The current barrier to access is caused solely by a 44-year old Attorney General's opinion. California law does not state that a diagnosis is needed from a physician in order to begin treatment by a physical therapist.

Consumer direct access to physical therapy  would ensure that patients could see a physical therapist directly for the treatment of movement related conditions. Direct Access would help streamline health care delivery in California. Patients would no longer have to endure painful delays and expense in order to recieve treatment from their physical therapist. Patients who suffer from chronic and recurring injuries, senior citizens, and low income individuals would greatly benefit from the passge of SB 924. 

Please support SB 924 by signing this petition to allow Californian's the right to choose physical therapy directly!

 

Letter to
California State House
California State Senate
California Governor
Consumers should have the choice to go directly to a physical therapist for treatment. Did you know that current law requires any person in California seeking treatment from a physical therapist to first visit a medical doctor for a referral? The current barrier to access is caused solely by a 44-year old Attorney General's opinion on the intent of the Physical Therapy Practice Act. California law does not state that a diagnosis is needed from a physician in order to begin treatment by a physical therapist. Also, physical therapists in California are educated to practice autonomously and directly treat patients.

Consumer direct access to physical therapy would ensure that patients could see a physical therapist directly for the treatment of movement related conditions. Direct Access would help streamline health care delivery in California. Additionally, Medicare allows patients to go see a physical therapist directly in the eighteen states that allow it. Californians would no longer have to endure painful delays and expense in order to recieve treatment from their physical therapist. More specifically, patients who suffer from chronic and recurring injuries, senior citizens, and low income individuals would greatly benefit from the passge of SB 924.

Please vote YES on SB 924 to give me and my fellow Californians the right to choose direct access to physical therapy treatment!

Sincerely,