Auto insurance industry report a step in the right direction

April 12, 2017

The needs of the patient, rather than the cost of a settlement following an automobile collision should be the focus of effort for the automobile insurance industry and health care providers according to Fairly Delivered: A Review of the Auto Insurance Industry in Ontario released April 11.

Author David Marshall, who produced the report for the Ontario Ministry of Finance, observed that “no one in the system is actively managing medical care” for those injured, and that care offered is often not appropriate and takes too long. As a result the length of recovery times – particularly from simple soft tissue injuries – can and do lead to permanent impairment for people.

“The report is the first to shine a light on the health care challenges for those who suffer injuries in automobile collisions, particularly those who experience catastrophic injury or injuries such as concussion that can be difficult to diagnose and treat,” says Kent Bassett-Spiers, CEO of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. “The report emphasizes the need to find the right health care solution – a care pathway – as efficiently and quickly as possible. That approach will benefit those individuals and our health care system." Automobile collisions are a major cause of neurotrauma.

ONF is a non-profit organization funded by the Ontario government that works to prevent neurotrauma and ensure Ontarians with spinal cord and brain injuries lead full, productive lives.