CORNWALL — With changes to the way physiotherapy services are delivered and funded in the province set to change in just a little more than a month, the local health integration network (LHIN) has been busy, said CEO Chantale LeClerc — but they expect to be ready.

During a board meeting in Cornwall, LeClerc outlined the changes that come Aug. 1 — emphasizing those needing physiotherapy and those enrolled in fall prevention classes should see little difference, other than perhaps more services available.

The change came from the ministry of health in April, when it decided to no longer fund physiotherapy for seniors over 65, long-term care home residents and youth under 20 through OHIP.

LeClerc said one of the reasons for the change was services expanding “disproportionate to what demographics would presume.”

The province had increased funding allocations for physiotherapy by 70% just three years ago, yet expenditures were expected to double that level by 2014.

“It’s meant to restore people to health,” said LeClerc.


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