Over the last month, we have had numerous discussions with the Ontario Government regarding our Accessible Healthcare Campaign. The government is listening and working with us to achieve our goals. To view our presentation, see our last blog entry: http://www.sciontario.org/node/11439
What we learned quite quickly in our meetings, was that we need to build the plan together with the Ontario Government. Only then will the government understand what resources we need to support our community. So where do we start?
TO START – We need to build a network of primary care doctors who are willing to join together to give and receive support, resources and advice on serving people with spinal cord injuries in the best possible way.
AT YOUR NEXT DOCTOR'S VISIT - Ask your doctor to join our network!
INCENTIVES FOR PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS TO JOIN OUR NETWORK
- Connect you to knowledge, expertise, and resources about SCI
- Link you to our SCI Mobility Clinic to access tools and physician support for your patients
- Provide direct consult to specialists in SCI and Researched Best Practice
- Offer you the opportunity to access our ForaHealthyMe Application.
- Advocate for your examining room to be fully accessible
- Join us in a meeting to address gaps in support, like physician billing, with the MOHLTC.
- Regular updates on the progress we are making in creating supports for SCI and other physical disabilities under the Patience First Act
- A member of the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario community
EMAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org We will get this process started with you!
If you don’t have a primary care doctor OR if your doctor’s office is NOT wheelchair accessible (and your doctor is willing to make it accessible) we can help with these issues, too.
Once we build a network of local primary care doctors willing to serve our community, we then can work together to ensured that everyone in our community is better served.
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A meeting was held on March 31, 2017 with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). We shared our findings from the Summit and community engagement event (our webinar with the telehealth network and a live audience). Our goal was to begin further dialogue between the Ministry and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, and other stakeholders wishing to advance research, care, and innovation in primary care for people with spinal cord injuries. Our presentation is attached.Blog Topic: Accessible Healthcare
In Ontario, if a person has a heart condition, there are defined processes and supports in place to ensure optimal healthcare. Similarly, for those who are diagnosed with cancer, each individual is guided by a healthcare team and goes through a process that defines the best treatment. So, what happens if you have a spinal cord injury? There is a clear road map for the first four months and then... well, it gets a little foggy after that.
This needs to change, and together we can make it happen.
At Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we have been working with our community and the government to ensure that people with spinal cord injuries don't fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. Everyone should have access to doctors and other healthcare professionals. Everyone should receive the best healthcare available.
The government has put in place a relatively new healthcare act — the Patients First Act. Through various engagement strategies (a primary care summit, a survey, a panel discussion) we have listened to our community and want to take the following suggestions to the decision makers. Together, we want to ensure each and every Ontarian with a spinal cord injury has:
- Access to a primary care doctor who in turn has access to a doctor who understands spinal cord injury and can provide reliable support and the tools needed to provide proper healthcare.
- Access to a physiatrist linked with one of the five dedicated SCI Rehab Centres in Ontario.
- Access to a multi-professional team, which may include an attendant, a nurse, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, a respiratory therapist, and/or a wheelchair vendor to name a few.
- A connection to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. We offer the community, the support and the services. We are a one-stop shop. When you need us we are here.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will take this plan to the government in the coming weeks. By all of us sticking together, and delivering to our government representative the same message, we will see this through. Change is often a lengthy journey down a long road. For now, we've listened and will deliver our community's message.Blog Topic: Accessible Healthcare