Increasing Access to Rehabilitation
Inequitable access to rehabilitation services is a critical gap in health care in many regions across Canada, and beyond. 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.
Since 2012, Realize and a broad collaboration of national, provincial, provider and consumer organizations have been promoting discussion, awareness, and policy and program change to increase equitable access to rehabilitation across Canada.
We have held specialized think tanks and consultations and have established a high- level advisory committee to guide strategy. 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.
Access to Rehabilitation Services Resources
The Think Tank was held virtually over Zoom. To facilitate participant engagement in small and large group discussions, invitees were divided into two groups and the event was held over two afternoons on February 17th and 18th, 2022, 1:00-3:00pm ET. Twelve people attended each day. Attendees included people with living experience of HIV and pain, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, educators and others whose contribution is central to a clearer understanding of the landscape of chronic pain and HIV in Canada. Each person had some connection to the topic of chronic pain, whether through lived experience, education and/or occupation.
Policy Brief / Fact Sheet; Realize 2019
The Business Case for Publicly funded physiotherapy services as a component of optimal care for PLWHIV
Fact sheet; February 2019; Realize