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Physical therapists urge Legislature to lower co-pays

Group blames high cost for dip in patients

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The New York Physical Therapy Association is calling on the state Legislature to prohibit health insurers from applying what the organization describes as disproportionately high co-payments to physical therapy. Many health insurance companies require that patients pay a higher specialist co-pay for physical therapy. Michael Mattia, chair of the NYPTA’s legislative committee, said that this higher co-pay, which can be as much as $50 per session, can make it tough for patients to afford therapy, ...

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April 7, 2013
4 p.m.

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What else would one expect the spokesperson for the insurance companies to say? That they would welcome such legislation because they felt they were not paying enough of their customers financial burden for physical therapy? Unlikely. Anyone who has needed PT for an extended period knows that very quickly choices need to be made between the benefits of PT or the benefits of filling the tank with fuel.

After a month or two of weekly sessions the patient's decision is frequently, "I can find a way to live with the pain because I need to find a way to pay my kids college bill next month.

Thank you Ms. Foss for a good article. It could have been even better if it informed the reader of the typical PT fee for service and the reimbursement rate by insurance companies. It would be interesting to compare those amounts to that of our copay.