The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that allows physical therapists to treat ailments without a prior referral from a doctor or other medical professional.

The House voted 68-21 for the legislation Wednesday and sent it to the state Senate where similar legislation is being considered.

The bill removes restrictions in current state law that require a doctor or other medical professional to refer a patient before a physical therapist can diagnosis and treat an ailment.

Republican Rep. Arthur Hulbert of Fort Gibson, the bill’s author and himself a physical therapist, says 48 other states have some form of direct access to physical therapists without physician referrals.


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