TIMMINS – A rally of about 20 people protesting the Ontario government’s changes to physiotherapy funding for seniors was held at the office of MPP Gilles Bisson (NDP – Timmins-James Bay) on Friday in Timmins.
It was one of many similar rallies held during the past week in communities across the province.
Seniors formed much of the contingent of the protests, but they were also joined by a handful of physiotherapists and other health-care providers.
Earlier in the week, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews (Liberal – London North Centre) explained that access to physiotherapy services would be expanded and the number of people receiving the services would more than double.
On Friday, Timmins physiotherapist Louis Favretto was among those saying that wasn’t true.
“What she claimed was she was increasing the physiotherapy budget from $146 million to $156 million, which is OK,” said Favretto. “However, she’s not telling us that last year she spent $200 million on physiotherapy, so the amount of money spent is actually going down.