03/14/19 -- HCS HB 410 -- Allows physical therapists to treat patients without a referral
HCS HB 410, introduced by Representative David Gregory (Republican - District 96) allows patients direct access to physical therapists without needing to first get a referral from a primary care physician. This is an excellent bill that provides patients with more control over their healthcare. In my opinion, there is no reasonable justification for requiring a patient to get a prescription of referral prior to getting physical therapy. Unlike the use of a medication, a trained physical therapist is not going to injure or otherwise harm a patient who decides to use their services unnecessarily. While it might generally be considered wise to visit a primary care physician first in order to be sure you don't have a serious underlying condition, I see no compelling reason to mandate it.
This bill lowers costs for consumers, and brings the healthcare system a little bit closer to a free market. As such, I was pleased to vote in favor of it.
This bill had a roll-call vote on an amendment that failed during perfection. Read about that here.