Alberta Health Care does not cover the cost of massage therapy treatments. We are able to work with insurance companies regarding injuries (WCB, motor vehicle accidents) and are also able to direct bill the following if you have massage coverage through your work or personal health benefits:
- Alberta Blue Cross
- Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP)/Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA)
- Canadian Construction Workers Union
- Chambers of Commerce
- Cowan Insurance
- Desjardins Insurance
- Empire Life
- First Canadian
- GMS Carriers 49 and 50
- Great-West Life/Canada Life
- Green Shield Canada/MÉDIC Construction
- Industrial Alliance
- Johnson Inc.
- Johnston Group Inc.
- LiUNA Local 183 and 506
- Manitoba Blue Cross
- Manulife Financial
- Maximum Benefit
- Medavie Blue Cross
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- SSQ Insurance
- Sun Life Financial
- Telus AdjudiCare
- Veterans Affairs Canada
For any company we are not able to direct bill, we issue receipts for you to submit to your provider directly.
As insurance policies vary greatly, it's best to contact your benefits provider ahead of time to see:
- whether you have coverage for massage therapy,
- whether the service provider may direct bill on your behalf,
- which date your benefits re-set,
- what your massage benefit limitations are, and
- whether you first need a prescription from your doctor for massage therapy. If the plan requires for a prescription to be on file with your insurance company, please send it to your benefits provider a few business days before your first treatment so they can process it; otherwise, the direct billing might not go through. You might also need a new massage prescription every 12 months.
In the event that the system is down and not responding, or your benefits provider does not cover all or part of the cost, you will be required to pay the remaining amount.