It came as no surprise that the private designated OHIP physiotherapy clinics failed in their legal bid to use a judicial review to slow down plans to transfer their publicly funded patients to the Community Care Access Centres.
While the government actions may have been legal, the rushed process has definitely left much to be desired. Whether the CCACs can absorb the influx of so many new physiotherapy patients beginning today is an open question. At least one company in question is also suggesting in the wake of the decision that much of that CCAC work will be coming directly back to them.
Centric Health – one of four corporations that dominate ownership of the for-profit clinics — issued a press release yesterday saying the impact of the government’s changes would be about six per cent of consolidated revenue – or about $27 million.
Centric points out that much of the money being reallocated to the long-term care homes will be coming back to them.