You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist in BC. In fact, physiotherapists are primary care practitioners, so you can visit them without a referral. However, some extended health plans may require a referral before they will reimburse you for your treatment. It is also possible that you’ll need one if you plan on visiting a publicly funded community physiotherapy clinic.
Check with your insurance provider to find out if this applies to you before starting treatment. However, if treatments are to be covered by ICBC or WCB, a referral is necessary before payments will be released.