Media alert - Interview opportunity - Ontario health care gap: Access to rehabilitation services

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - A study pending publication August 9(1) shows
Ontario's health care system may be failing vulnerable populations including
those suffering from chronic conditions, those without private health
insurance, and those living in less urban areas. By the numbers:

    -  64 per cent of physicians find wait times for rehabilitation services
    -  Wait times for publicly funded physiotherapy treatments are 3.6 times
       longer than for privately funded treatments
    -  150 days is the longest reported wait for required physiotherapy
    -  A companion study(2) shows 17.7 per cent of patients who required
       physiotherapy services did not receive treatment because they were
       uninsured or not able to pay privately
    -  Individuals who received physiotherapy were 10 times as likely to
       report good health as those who did not

    News release and study details available under embargo for release
    August 9.

    WHAT:     Interview opportunity - Ontario health care gap: Access to
              rehabilitation services

    WHO:      Cheryl Cott, PT, PhD, Lead Author, and Associate Professor in
              the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto

              Michel D. Landry ,PT, PhD, President of the Canadian
              Physiotherapy Association, and health services researcher at
              the University of Toronto, and lead author of companion study

              Kim Wolny, PT, President of the Ontario Physiotherapy

    WHEN:     August 8-10, 2007

    (1) Cott CA, Devitt RMA, Falter L, Soever LJ, Passalent LA. Barriers to
        Rehabilitation in Primary Health Care in Ontario: Funding and Wait
        Times for Physical Therapy Services. Physiother Can. 2007;59:173-183.
    (2) Landry MD, Deber RB, Jaglal S, Laporte A, Holyoked P, Devitt R, Cott
        CA. Assessing the consequences of delisting publicly funded
        community-based physical therapy on self-reported health in Ontario,
        Canada: a prospective cohort study. Int J Rehabil Res. 2006,

For further information:

For further information: study details, news release and interview
assistance: Natalie Bovair, Director of Communications, Canadian Physiotherapy
Association, (416) 932-1888 (223),

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