Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingPatients may soon be able to skip the doctor’s office and head straight to a physical therapist under a measure sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe.


“This legislation will save people time and money,” Mulroe said. “Our current system forces patients to see a doctor, pay a co-pay, receive a referral and then start treatment. Physical therapists are highly trained within their field and should be able to diagnose a patient.”


Under House Bill 4643, patients would be able to visit a physical therapist for diagnosis and treatment without first visiting a doctor for a referral. Physical therapists are limited to diagnosing and treating patients within the realm of their practice.


House Bill 4643 advanced out of the Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee last week with a 9-0 vote.

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