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Improving Access to Physiotherapy for North Simcoe and Muskoka Seniors

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Improving Access to Physiotherapy for North Simcoe and Muskoka Seniors

Ontario Helping More Seniors Stay Healthy, Active and Independent

Seniors' Secretariat

As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is expanding access to clinic-based physiotherapy for over 3,500 seniors and eligible patients in North Simcoe and Muskoka.

The province is providing $1,117,584 to support the addition of seven new publicly-funded physiotherapy clinics in North Simcoe and Muskoka, including:

  • Body 'n Balance Physio & Wellness Clinic - Wasaga Beach
  • Centric Health Physiotherapy and Wellness - Bracebridge
  • Closing the Gap Healthcare Group - Barrie
  • Closing the Gap Healthcare Group - Innisfil
  • Closing the Gap Healthcare Group - Huntsville
  • Collingwood Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre

Previously, seniors in many communities across Ontario did not have access to publicly-funded clinic-based physiotherapy and waiting lists for in-home physiotherapy were too long.

Now, clinic-based physiotherapy is being offered to 90,000 additional Ontarians in more communities as part of the government's plan to increase access to physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes across the province.

In addition, the province is providing funding to Community Care Access Centres to provide in-home physiotherapy to 60,000 more individuals to eliminate waiting lists.

Helping seniors stay healthy and active supports the government's Action Plan for Health Care and its commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $156 million annually to support enhanced access to physiotherapy, and exercise and falls prevention services to more than 200,000 additional seniors and eligible patients.
  • Eligibility for publicly funded physiotherapy has not changed. This service is available to seniors, youth aged 19 and younger, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients, and patients in need of physiotherapy treatment following surgery that required an overnight stay at the hospital.
  • There is no set limit on physiotherapy services. Patients will receive as many physiotherapy sessions as determined to be necessary by their physiotherapist in order for them to recover.

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Mario Sergio

“Our government is addressing the opportunities and challenges of an aging population. By working with our community partners we are creating and sustaining supportive environments that help Ontario seniors live healthy, active and meaningful lives.”

Mario Sergio

Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

Deb Matthews

“It used to be that seniors in many communities in Ontario had no access to publicly funded physiotherapy. With the addition of these clinics, our government is helping more seniors and patients across the province stay healthy, active and independent in their homes.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I want to recognize our community clinics for their commitment to putting patients at the centre of care and working collaboratively to achieve the North Simcoe Muskoka vision of Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System.

Jill Tettmann

CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network

“The government’s plan will improve the availability of publicly-funded physiotherapy and is an important step forward in strengthening Ontario’s health care system. The Ontario Physiotherapy Association has advocated a long time for these reforms and we are fully supportive.”

Amanda Smart

President, Ontario Physiotherapy Association

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