NY Physical Therapists Want Reduction In Treatment Costs

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Physical Therapy Association said the health insurance industry hasn’t caught up with the explosion in doctor-ordered physical therapy.

The group lobbying the Legislature said physical therapy can dramatically speed relief and recovery for patients, but it’s priced too high.

The association said physical therapy still carries a co-pay of a medical specialty.

A normal course of physical therapy can be as much as $480 and keep many New Yorkers from getting the care.

The group has several bills with strong sponsors in the Senate and Assembly.

Do you agree with the association? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Hoyt Pembrooke

    We who care for Parkinson’s Disease patients and other
    movement disorder diseases ,know the importance of
    Physical Therapy, we know that PT is Neuro-Protective
    and actually helps PD patients from falling down and breaking
    bones which often need surgery or homecare costing much
    more than Physical therapy sessions.
    We need more therapists and better means to pay for their
    care for our patients, PT workers and Social Service care
    workers are the unsung hero’s & heroines of our healthcare
    system and almost invisible to the public and hospital administrators
    and yes Health Insurance.

  • Amy

    The cost should go down, however insurance companies should not put a limitation on this specialized therapy if a Doctor deems it necessary My son was facing back surgery and the insurance company had no problem paying for the first 6-8 weeks. When my son’s doctor prescribed therapy for another 8 weeks the insurance company refused. Thankfully where he went for therapy had a wellness program on a month to month basis. The cost of 1 month wellness program was the same as the copay of 1 day of therapy. He didn’t get individualized attention from the therapist, but he was still able to use the equipment he used during therapy. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was better than going without. My son has managed to escape back surgery at the young age of 21, but is still needing to go to therapy for another two months..

  • Sage

    As a patient, I was horrified to learn that my insurer only paid the PT around $55 for my therapy session; the insurance statement noted noted a cost of 110 for each time I went. ( !!) On top of this, I had my $35 specialist co-pay. Obviously, the insurer is making the real money here. My therapist is excellent & helped me recover from an ACL injury–but I can see her enormous stress level with having to see so many clients every day to break even. I hope the State legislators will support PTs, as mine helped me avoid a surgery & get back to soccer. Insurance reform is what we need!!!

    • amy

      I couldn’t agree more Sage

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