|View Poll Results: Do you tip for medically prescribed/insurance covered massage therapy?|
|Yes, I tip. A massage is a massage.||2||16.67%|
|No, a prescribed massage treatment plan is medical/clinical in nature and should not be tipped.||8||66.67%|
|Other (please explain)||2||16.67%|
|Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll|
I will get the massage therapy at a clinic that specializes in several styles of massage, and they do bill medical insurance for doctor-prescribed massage.
I am used to recreational or relaxation massage: non-insurance, going-because-it-feels-nice, cash payment with a 15-20% tip. I always tip for this kind of massage. However, the medical massage is a different territory, and I am not sure whether or not I am expected to tip. It is a health care provider prescribed, insurance-billed treatment plan. I never tip my chiropractor, doctor, dentist, or physical therapist. (And while it is easy to see insurance-covered massage as "a free massage: you may as well tip" it really isn't. There is a deductible to meet before insurance kicks in, a $13 co-pay per massage, and of course the monthly premiums to have insurance in the first place.)
When I did a Google search I got answers all over the place. Some that said it is not appropriate or expected to tip for a medical massage, and some that said "a massage is a massage" and should always be tipped. What do you all think?
I voted "Other." I sometimes get a mini-massage at my chiro visits and I don't tip. I only pay my co-pay to the chiro plus the extra fee for the massage. But I don't think that someone shouldn't tip in that situation. In that office, some people come in just for relaxation massages too. I think it's up to the individual. My rationale is: I don't tip the chiro either, why would I tip this other person? I am coming to their office for a treatment.
Mama Bear , Papa Bear and Baby Bear (8/11)
I voted no. I had massage in conjunction with physical therapy and the place had a sign at the check in desk that noted that tipping was not permitted.
I did not ask about non-insurance billed medical massage tip policy.. Perhaps I'll ask about that at my appointment.
no don't tip for a medical massage. you don't tip your doctor or your pharmacist. a medical massage is completley different than a spa massage. It is a different skill set and it is going to feel different.