Increasing Access to Rehabilitation
In 2012, The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR), The Wellesley Institute and a broad collaboration of national, provincial, provider and consumer organizations began developing a major initiative to promote discussion, awareness, and policy and program change to increase equitable access to rehabilitation across Canada.
Inequitable access to rehabilitation services is a critical gap in health care in many regions. Improving access to high quality rehabilitation has great potential to improve the quality of care and opportunities for good health for large numbers of individuals; fill out an integrated and effective continuum of care for all who need it; and contribute to overall system efficiency, especially through preventing or delaying deterioration of chronic conditions and reducing avoidable hospitalization and acute care.
The goal of this initiative is to identify the key policy, organizational and service changes needed to realize this potential. We have held specialized think tanks and consultations, and have established a high level advisory committee for the initiative. Strategic themes from this advice have emphasized the need to build a solid concrete case on how enhanced access and effective models could actually be implemented; how this could be aligned with pressing health system priorities and drivers such as managing chronic conditions, sustainability and quality improvement; and how we can most effectively build institutional, government and stakeholder involvement, commitment and support to drive the necessary reforms forward.
Cost is one of the barriers to equitable access to rehabilitation services. Visit the Who Pays page for more information on who covers the costs of rehabilitation services.