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.
47 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.
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. We, the undersigned, call on Texas legislators to give Texans the right to choose physical therapy without a doctor's order.
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