Massage therapy is not covered under the Nova Scotia Health Plan.
However, many insurance companies offer massage therapy coverage under their extended healthcare packages and most offer direct billing by the massage therapist. If online direct billing is available, your massage therapist would be paid directly by the company which leaves you with less paperwork. In the cases where online billing is not available, following payment for services, you can receive an insurance receipt for massage therapy services for you to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
All plans are unique, so we recommend contacting your insurance provider for details of your coverage and to determine whether direct billing is an option for you. A referral is not necessary to visit a massage therapist however, if you are claiming massage under an extended health care plan, you may require a physician’s referral or other specific criteria for coverage. Check your individual policy to determine your type of coverage.
In addition to billing Blue Cross and its associated benefits for RCMP and Veteran’s Affairs online, MTANS members are able to access the Telus system for clients with benefit plans through Great-West Life, Desjardins Insurance, Industrial Alliance, Standard Life, Chamber Group Insurance, Cowan, Johnson Inc., Maximum Benefit/Johnson Insurance, Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial.