The minister also left out the part about how under the current system, seniors in long-term care homes can receive up to 100 treatments per year and 150 in exceptional cases. This has been in effect since 2005 – the last time the Liberal government tried, and failed, to delist physiotherapy.
In her more recent announcement, Matthews makes no such service level commitment.
Even more disturbing is her promise there will be “more” physiotherapy available in clinics.
By committing $44.5 million to treat 150,000 seniors, the government has allocated a paltry $300 per person, or 12 treatments at a funded rate of $25 per treatment.