This coming August, Swavek Cioroch will be out of work.
More than 3,000 physiotherapists and assistants now working in the province of Ontario will possibly join him.
“What the provincial government announced in April was that they are going to restructure funding for physiotherapy,” said Nicole Robinson, a Barrie physiotherapist. “But what they are actually doing is cutting funding for physiotherapy, specifically for seniors.”
Presently, eligible seniors could, with a medical referral, receive 100 treatments per year, particularly after hip or knee replacement surgery. Those with exceptional needs were qualified, and could receive up to another 50 treatments should their condition warrant it.
This treatment is usually administered to seniors in long term care facilities who normally have physiotherapists on staff.