How to save yourself $250 on your next physiotherapy appointment
A new report from the physiotherapy industry’s most prestigious trade body has revealed a $250 saving on your physiotherapy session, according to a study conducted by Northstar Physiotherapy.
The study also found that the industry was growing faster than ever, with revenue up nearly 12 per cent over the year to June.
“Physiotherapy is a fast-growing industry with an increasingly sophisticated, sophisticated and professionalised workforce, all of which benefits the health and wellbeing of patients,” Northstar’s Chief Executive Officer Professor John Stirling said.
“The growth is fuelled by the rapidly expanding and innovative physiotherapy sector and the industry’s ability to provide physiotherapy in a cost-effective manner.”
Our research shows that there is a growing recognition in the industry of the importance of making physiotherapy accessible to all, with more and more people becoming aware of the value of being able to access physiotherapy at a fraction of the cost.
“The study, entitled ‘The Rise of the Physiotherapist’, examined a number of factors, including the increase in the number of people who were physiotherapists and the number that were employed in the profession.
Prof Stirling says the rise of the physiotherapist in recent years has been partly fuelled by increased demand from people wanting to reduce the stress associated with their physiotherapy sessions.”
With the rise in demand for physiotherapy we have seen an increase in demand from patients to be physiotherapeutic and we are seeing a number more physiotheraping patients,” he said.”[The study] showed that a significant amount of patients now want to get physiotherapy and physiotherapy services delivered at a cheaper price, so we see this as a very positive development for the industry.
“The researchers also looked at the number and the quality of the facilities that physiotherapy providers were operating in the year ending June, with the results of which were released on Wednesday.
The number of physiotherapping facilities in Australia increased from 2,824 in 2015 to 2,902 in 2016.
While Northstar was not able to determine the exact cost savings from the study, Prof Stirling believes it is “quite reasonable to expect physiotherapy providers will see an increase as the industry matures”.”
The physiotherapy profession is in a good place, but I think a lot of the improvement in the past year is probably due to a combination of things,” he explained.”
A number of the initiatives that have been undertaken in terms of the new professionalisation and the ability to access more facilities and better technology, has been quite good in terms, in terms as well as cost efficiency.
“The new report comes just weeks after Australian Physiothoracic Association (APA) President Professor Andrew Haldane revealed that the profession’s annual revenue had more than doubled to $9.7 billion over the past 12 months.
In a statement, Mr Haldanes said the increased revenue was the result of a number events including the $100 million national physiotherapy event in February and the addition of an additional physiotherapy practice to the NSW Health Insurance Plan (HIP).”
As a result of this success, APA is now on track to deliver a record revenue for the next 12 months, which will be more than double the previous 12 months,” Mr Halsons said.
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