Planned changes to physiotherapy funding will hurt seniors who depend on the service for their well being, says a group representing for-profit clinics across Ontario.

“You are taking away services provided by highly educated people who are specializing in care of seniors and then you’re just going to dump it in the hands of whoever,” local physiotherapist Lynda Culley said during a demonstration protesting the coming changes.

As of Aug. 1., the province will end OHIP-funded physiotherapy services currently provided to seniors in retirement homes, according to the Designated Physiotherapy Clinics Association of Ontario.

Current OHIP physiotherapy providers will be de-listed and Community Care Access Centers will instead provide the service with fewer available dollars due to provincial funding cuts, the association says.


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