The April 18 announcement by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews unveiled her government’s plan to invest $156 million to improve access for more seniors to receive physiotherapy.
In the news release, Matthews leaves out that physiotherapy is to be delisted from OHIP coverage effective August 1. In fact, according to government websites, Ontario regulation 552 has already been amended – with no public consultation whatsoever.
Under the current system, seniors in long term care homes can receive up to 100 treatments per year, 150 in exceptional cases. This has been in effect since 2005 – the last time the Liberal government tried, and failed, to delist physiotherapy.