4. Can my practitioner refer for imaging?
Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are able to order some imaging to assist in diagnosis. Movehappy practitioners can order x-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds, but not CT scans or Bone Scans (due to their high level of radiation).
The only imaging that Physiotherapists and Osteopaths can order for which the patient will receive a Medicare rebate are x-rays of the spine and hips. For all other imaging, the patient will NOT receive a Medicare rebate.
With this in mind, however, often patients will opt for physiotherapy-referred imaging, as the time and cost involved in obtaining a GP or specialist referral often negates any cost saving made in obtaining said referral.
Your therapist will be sure to explain this to you in the event of ordering any imaging.