A $6-million commitment in the 2018 Ontario budget that would improve care for persons with sustained brain or spinal cord injuries resulting from a motor vehicle collision continues to be in the planning stages with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term care.
The funds were allocated to the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI Ontario) to develop care pathways to better the health services and systems of care for those who experience spinal cord or traumatic brain injury following a collision.
“This funding is a significant and important step that will improve the lives of those who experience catastrophic injuries in vehicle collisions,” says ONF Chief Executive Officer, Kent Bassett-Spiers. “We look forward to working with the spinal and brain injury communities to develop and implement new care pathways.”
The 2017 government report on automobile insurance “Fair Benefits, Fairly Delivered” included recommendations to change the way in which evidence-based care is provided and funded for those who experience neurotrauma as a result of a motor vehicle collision.
The funding would be distributed over a three-year span to support new and existing programs implemented to harmonize private and public care for those living with neurotrauma as a result of a vehicle collision.