Where is chiropractic within the new working group recommendations?
Ontario recently announced changes to its proviincial healthcare plan (OHIP) in an effort to save more than $83 million a year.
Ineffective fertility tests and repetitive pre-operative assessments were among the services cut. One of the areas addressed was to refer patients to “specialized clinics for chronic hip and knee pain to improve arthritic care.” It outlines:
- Reduce unnecessary hip and knee CT/MRI scans and surgical consultations by referring patients to the new province-wide system of musculoskeletal rapid access clinics.
- Patients who are referred to musculoskeletal rapid access clinics are seen promptly by a specially trained physiotherapist, nurse or physician in order to evaluate the next best steps for their condition.
- This change will result in greater access to CT and MRI imaging for patients who need it most and reduce the exposure to needless radiation for others.
Is this a missed opportunity for the profession?
The full list of reviewed services can be viewed here.