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PROFESSIONAL CODE OF ETHICS REMINDER

EMITTING A RECEIPT FOR A FAMILY MEMBER
by ACTMD's team

This month, we would like to remind you about few articles that you can find in our professional code of ethics. The code of ethics is really important for both the protection of the public and the therapist. It is important to always keep in mind that the violation of all article of this code by a therapist constitutes a derogatory act to the profession's dignity and to the honour of his association.

Many therapists wonder if they can emit insurance receipts to a family member if they actually give a real treatment to that person.

According to the article 8.1.4 "the therapist cannot have his immediate family benefit from unjustified advantage related to his practice, such as receipts for repayment purposes. The therapist can give at all time a treatment to one or another of these people without emitting a receipt for repayment", a therapist cannot produce a receipt for any family member. If someone close to you would like to benefit form both the treatment and the repayment, than you would have to refer that person to another therapist. You could certainly ask one of you friend therapist if you can do a "family treatment exchange". You would then treat people from his/her family and your friend would do the same for yours.

Obviously, you can always offer a treatment to your family members, but only keep in mind that you cannot fill out a receipt in order to be reimbursed by the insurance.

Finally, please do not hesitate to refer to the professional code of ethics on our web site for any hesitation you might have (http://www.actmd.org/codedeontologiee.htm). You should have received a paper copy of it when you became a ACTMD member, but if for any reason you would like to have another one just let us know!

Have a nice month!

Team of ACTMD

 

 

 

 

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