Federal Budget Remains Silent on Health Care

    Physiotherapists Say Health Care Needs to be Restored to the Federal

    OTTAWA, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Canadian Physiotherapy Association is
disappointed by the obvious absence of new health care funding in yesterday's
Federal budget. "While we acknowledge Government leadership on tax relief and
savings," says Dr. Michel Landry, President of the Canadian Physiotherapy
Association (CPA), "we are disappointed to learn that despite important
increases in demand for services across the continuum, the federal budget
offers nothing substantive for health care. Previous initiatives related to
wait times, Canada Health Infoway and health human resources seem to have
disappeared completely off the federal agenda."
    The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) was however pleased to hear
the Government announce continued support for mental health initiatives,
designated funding toward Aboriginal health care, and continuation of support
for health research. "However, the Federal Government status quo budget for
health care does not offer any immediate relief to Canadians facing serious
access issues," adds Landry, "including unacceptable wait times for medically
necessary physiotherapy services, all across the country."
    On behalf of its members and the public, CPA encourages the Federal
Government to provide leadership on health care. A pan-Canadian health human
resource strategy is needed urgently to align the growing population health
needs of Canadians with the restricted supply of physiotherapists and other
primary health care providers. CPA reminds the Government that only
forward-planning at the Federal level can provide Canadians with access to
right health professional, at the right time, in the right place. The impact
of an aging population coupled with the high prevalence of chronic disease in
Canada makes it mandatory to ensure that a solid health infrastructure is in
place to address these mounting challenges.
    CPA remains committed to contributing to understanding of the health care
needs of Canadians and to working with governments, insurers and other health
professionals to develop appropriate and innovative models to ensure that
Canadians have access to the health services they require in acute care and
chronic disease prevention and management.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Bovair, Director, Communications, (416)
932-1888 (223), nbovair@physiotherapy.ca

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