Chiropractic Workshop gura Dr. Anthony Lombardi re-visits the de-listing of OHIP and proves his prediction.

This is an article I wrote 2 weeks after the Ontario government de-listed OHIP from paying for our services. I predicted all would be well, in fact I predicted things would be better because of it. Many chiropractors were screaming “this is the end of chiropractic!”. I was saying: “this is the beginning!”  Enjoy:

Chiropractic care still the most economical
[Final Edition]
Stoney Creek News – Stoney Creek, Ont.
Author: Dr.Anthony J.Lombardi
Date: Dec 17, 2004
Start Page: 9
Section: Community Voices
Text Word Count: 496
Document Text
As of Dec. 1,the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will no longer cover chiropractic benefits. There has been some confusion as to what this will mean to the patient.

The Ontario government gives chiropractors $11.75 for an initial visit and $9.65 for followup visits up to a maximum of $150. This means that the patient will likely have to pay $9.65 more per visit to have chiropractic care after Nov. 31.

Some say that this reduction of benefits by the government will cause medical doctors offices to become even busier than they already are while making emergency-room waits even longer. I do not believe that is the case. Rather, I believe very little will change in terms of utilization of chiropractic care.

As it stands, the majority of extended health-care plans cover chiropractic care after the OHIP is used up. For this to happen the patient would have to frequent the chiropractor in excess of 15 times over the course of the year.

Although there are many instances when patients receive care on a regular basis, the majority of people do not use up there OHIP and thus never dip into their extended health benefits.

Therefore, eliminating OHIP will help those with extended health- care plans because they will be able to use their benefits immediately. Those who cannot afford chiropractic care are more likely to visit their family doctor or the emergency room but they would have probably done so anyway, even if chiropractic was still covered by OHIP. However, if someone is in need of care but legitimately financially strapped, there are many doctors of chiropractic who will show leniency and allow patients a reduced rate or a flexible payment plan, since the first priority is our patients’ welfare.

OHIP is not only eliminating chiropractic coverage; as of April 1, OHIP is cutting physiotherapy services entirely, with the exception of home visits. Thus, those who require physiotherapy for their muscle and joint pain will be paying out of their own pocket if they do not have extended health insurance.

Even with the increased chiropractic fees, a chiropractic visit costs about 1/3 less than a physiotherapy visit. With the advent of new techniques like active release technique and medical acupuncture, chiropractors can treat conditions like neck pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, shoulder problems, and knee pain with much greater success than in the past. This makes chiropractic the most economical form of manual medicine. Those who can afford care but are unwilling to shell out the extra fee will likely find themselves waiting hours in pain at the emergency room or waiting days for a doctor appointment. What patients come to realize is that the care they receive there is very limited for muscle and joint injuries and the only solace conventional methods can offer is medication to ease the pain; while doing nothing for the structural problem.

Contact your local chiropractor, physiotherapist or provincial MPP to provide more clarity for you.

Dr.Anthony J.Lombardi

Stoney Creek

Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner.
Abstract (Document Summary)
Eliminating OHIP will help those with extended health- care plans because they will be able to use their benefits immediately. Those who cannot afford chiropractic care are more likely to visit their family doctor or the emergency room but they would have probably done so anyway, even if chiropractic was still covered by OHIP. However, if someone is in need of care but legitimately financially strapped, there are many doctors of chiropractic who will show leniency and allow patients a reduced rate or a flexible payment plan, since the first priority is our patients’ welfare.
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