Registered Massage Therapy is a recognized health care profession in British Columbia
Extended Health Care Group Benefit Plans
Most British Columbians have extended health benefits through a workplace group insurance plan. Coverage varies, often with an annual ceiling amount. Sometimes a physician’s referral is required for reimbursement of claims. Check with your plan.
Medical Services Plan
British Columbians on premium assistance (low income) can claim part of their visit to a Registered Massage Therapist through their British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP will contribute up to $23 per visit for up to ten (10) total visits to supplementary health care providers per year. Patients may be required to supplement the cost of the RMT visit.
WorkSafeBC covers injured workers for their visits to a Registered Massage Therapist. An injured worker must inform the Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) if the visit is due to a workplace injury. Not all RMTs accept injured workers claims.
British Columbians injured in automobile accidents do have ICBC insurance. Check with your ICBC adjuster regarding registered massage therapy coverage.
Veterans Affairs (OVA)
Canada’s Veterans are covered for treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Check with your OVA adjudicator regarding registered massage therapy coverage.
RCMP Members are covered for massage therapy treatments through an RMT in British Columbia. RCMP Health Services and RMTS work together to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Starting January 1st, 2014, RCMP members will no longer receive 25 units of massage therapy per calendar year. Instead, they will have $4800 to spend in total, per calendar year, for their supplementary health benefits including chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture. The $4800 does NOT include taxes.