April 3, 2018
With a $6-million commitment, the 2018 Ontario budget promises improved care for persons with sustained brain or spinal cord injuries resulting from a motor vehicle collision.
The Ontario government has allocated the funds 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.
ONF Chief Executive Officer, Kent Bassett-Spiers says
“This funding is a significant and important step that will improve the lives of those who experience catastrophic injuries in vehicle collisions. 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” by David Marshall, 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 government received a recommendation from ONF regarding Neurotrauma Care Pathways in 2016 and 2017.
Both ONF and SCI Ontario are committed to developing care pathways to ensure that there is a standardized approach to care which will improve the lives of those living with neurotraumatic injuries. The funding will 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.