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AHS Coverage for Physiotherapy Services

Physiotherapy services for people meeting specific criteria in clinics which are contracted by Alberta Health Services. ( University of Calgary Sports Medicine has a contract)

Offers treatment and teaching to help decrease pain, increase strength and flexibility, and manage daily activities. through private clinics contracted to Alberta Health Services.


To be eligible for one assessment and up to 6 treatments, you must:

  • have a current Alberta Health Care card
  • have a recent fracture/broken bone, surgery, or a certain procedure needing physiotherapy follow-up
  • present to the clinic within 12 weeks of your injury (if longer than 12 weeks from your injury it may still qualify if the delay in rehab was due to surgeon's protocol, contact the clinic specifically for further inquiry)


To be eligible for one assessment and up to 4 treatments, you must:

  • qualify as low-income
  • have a recent, acute soft tissue or muscle/bone injury which affects your daily life and ability to do things and which requires physiotherapy to improve


You are not eligible for ACPT funding if you:

  • are eligible for coverage by another health payer (e.g., WCB)
  • are getting or are eligible for physiotherapy through Home Care, Primary Care Network (for same diagnosis), facility or supportive living, or other AHS-funded programs
  • need certain specialized physiotherapy treatments (e.g., vestibular treatment)
  • need treatment beyond the ACPT funded visit


It’s a good idea to know how the cost of your treatments will be covered before you make an appointment. Things to think about:

  • interim federal health benefits certificate is accepted instead of a current Alberta Health Care number if it isn’t yet active
  • some people may be considered for 12 week access
  • your physiotherapist may request other appointments if you are low-income (there are income assessment forms at the clinics)
  • if you don’t have coverage through ACPT, you might have coverage through your benefits or insurance plan
  • if you were hurt at work, your treatments may be covered by WCB
  • if you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, your insurance may cover your treatments
  • you can pay for treatments yourself

For further information, Alberta Health Services provides a complete listing of available physiotherapy coverage.

Last modified date: January 11, 2017