Who pays for registered massage therapy?

Many extended health benefit plans cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist.  They often do not require a physician's order for treatments, although some may still have this requirement.  Many plans require that the covered individual pay for the treatment and submit the expense for reimbursement.

We do require payment at the time of treatment. 

Massage Therapy may also be covered by insurance companies when treating injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident (MVA), or from a workplace injury through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), or through Veterans Affairs. 

Is registered massage therapy covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

No.  Massage therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP, regardless of whether the treatments are provided by a Registered Massage Therapist directly, by a physician or required (i.e. a prescription) by a physician.

Why do Registered Massage Therapists charge HST?

In Canada, before a health profession can be exempted from charging HST the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five (5) provinces.  Registered Massage Therapists are a regulated health profession currently in only three (3) Provinces, Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia.  Legislation is in progress in several other provinces at various stages.  These include Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

The RMTAO, is working to ensure that Registered Massage Therapists become regulated in other provinces and will be asking the Canadian Government to allow the exemption as soon as possible.

In the meantime, most Registered Massage Therapists are HST-registered under the rules established by the Canadian Government are required to charge HST.

Will my Registered Massage Therapist keep my information private?

Yes. As a regulated health profession, Registered Massage Therapist are legally bound by the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario) and Ontario's Personal Health Protection Act to keep all information provided, both verbal and written, in the strictest of confidence. Any information the RMT needs to discuss with another health care practitioner, must be agreed upon by the client with written permission.

What can I expect in my first visit?

With an initial visit, the client is encouraged to come 15 minutes earlier than their scheduled appointment to complete all the paper work required ( if not already printed out and completed upon arrival) and participate in the RMT's assessment. This allows the RMT to better understand what the client's goals are and form a treatment plan according to the information gathered in the assessment. Both the paper work and assessment should take no longer than 15 minutes, this way it does not cut into the actual treatment time.

How often should I have a massage?

Massage treatments are very subjective. Some people believe that one treatment is enough, and others believe in multiple sessions a week, for a couple months to experience any changes. Registered Massage Therapists go through years of training to create quality treatment plans based on many different conditions. It is their job to work WITH the client to determine which course of action will yield the best results, and in a time frame that works well with the client. At the end of the treatment plan that was mutually agreed upon, the RMT with then re-assess the clients progress and either discuss a new treatment plan, or discharge the client if the clients goals are met.

Do I NEED a referral to have a massage?

No. It is not necessary to receive a referral from a physician or any other health care practitioner to receive a massage, however, referrals are given if the health care practitioner believes the client can benefit from a massage. 


Can anyone receive a massage?

Yes. Registered Massage Therapy is appropriate for anyone in any demographic, however, there are conditions that require special modifications or just simply wouldn't benefit from massage therapy. Registered Massage Therapists are trained to identify when an individual is, or is not, a good candidate for massage and when modifications are needed to carry-on with a treatment plan.

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