In Alberta, under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, physiotherapy is not an insured service. Albertans can choose to pay out of pocket or use third-party benefits to access the physiotherapy service provider of their choice.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) offers funded physiotherapy services for adults and children with specific physical concerns to help improve their function, better understand their condition and learn what they can do to be healthy and independent.
AHS-funded physiotherapy services are provided virtually or in-person through AHS facilities (outpatient) or community clinics who have contracts with AHS.
Here’s how to access services for each concern:
You can book an appointment with a clinic in our directory, if the fracture or surgery has happened within the last 12 weeks. No referral needed.
Patients who have been instructed by a physician or surgeon to begin physiotherapy after 12 weeks are encouraged to speak with the clinic about eligibility.
Note: Physiotherapy for hip or knee replacements may be offered in a group.
Step 2: Call to book an appointment.
You can learn more by visiting ahs.ca/rehab.
For general joint or muscle conditions or injuries, low-income Albertans may be eligible for virtual or in-person services provided in an AHS facility or through a community clinic that has a contract with AHS. Albertans who do not qualify for low income services can choose to pay out of pocket or use third-party benefits to access the physiotherapy service provider of their choice.
The Rehabilitation Advice Line (RAL) can assess you over the phone, give advice to help with your general joint or muscle condition or injury (sprain or strain) and help you find services.
RAL is NOT able to:
As an Albertan you may be eligible for in-person or virtual services, if you are currently receiving income from:
You may be eligible based on your Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and family size. When you call RAL, be prepared to provide: