The CPA applauds the decision by the Government of Canada to temporarily remove the referral requirement for coverage of physiotherapy services from the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). The requirement for a referral has been lifted through April 24, 2020.
This move will increase access to physiotherapy services required during the COVID-19 outbreak without placing additional administrative burdens on the health care system. We welcome this initiative and the prioritization of access to physiotherapy at this time, and believe the requirement for a referral under the PSHCP should be eliminated altogether. The CPA will continue to work with the federal government to advocate for the permanent extension of this temporary measure.