To the editor:
In the current budget of the Liberal government, despite claims by the health minister that the budget for physiotherapy is increasing, the facts simply don’t support that.
In the last fiscal year, more than $200 million was spent for OHIP-funded physiotherapy. The current budget reduces this funding to $156 million, which includes $20 million of exercise classes that are not physiotherapy. OHIP-funded physiotherapy hasn’t cost $156 million for about three years.
The physiotherapy funding in long-term care is going to be cut from $110 million to $58.5 million. In retirement homes, the funding will be reduced to virtually zero and only the bedridden and acute residents will qualify for Community Care Access Centre visits. Other residents will be required to leave the home, even in winter, in order to access service.