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National Physiotherapy Association Joins in Support of Ontario's New Models of Physiotherapy Funding

April 17, 2013

(Ottawa; April 17, 2013): The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) joins the Ontario Physiotherapy Association in applauding the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care's plans to reconfigure the funding and delivery of publicly funded physiotherapy in Ontario. The announcement of these changes took place earlier today. 

"A priority of the CPA and its provincial Branches is to increase the availability of publicly funded physiotherapy for patients when and where they need it, particularly for vulnerable populations such as the frail elderly”, explained Rob Werstine, CPA President. “Minister Matthew’s plans accomplish these objectives. Today's announcement launches a profound change that will generate benefits for patients and positive effects throughout Ontario's health care delivery system.” "

The CPA noted that more Ontarians will have access to publicly funded physiotherapy through Home Care, Community Care Clinics, Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres and will maintain access to needed services in long-term care homes. Ontario now becomes an example for other provinces to emulate in community and home access to physiotherapy services.

“The CPA has long advocated for the role of physiotherapists in primary health care such as family health teams in Ontario. Physiotherapists have an essential role in the delivery of responsive, accessible primary health care to Canadians and their communities.  The plan announced in Ontario today is a significant step forward in enhancing access to physiotherapy through primary health care across Canada,” stated Michael Brennan, CEO.