By giving patients the ability to obtain a referral for a test from their chiropractor, the Ontario government can remove red tape for patients, reduce delays in treatment and save Ontarians between $15 and $23 million a year in needless doctor visits.
If scope is enhanced to give patients access to laboratory and diagnostic imaging tests required by their chiropractor, it will help them by:
- Ending the delay in care while patients book an appointment with their doctor to obtain a referral to a lab test their chiropractor needs to make a full diagnosis.
- Eliminating $15.1- 23.7 million dollars in OHIP billing as a result of eliminating avoidable visits to doctors.
- Ending the delays chiropractic patients who need imaging or laboratory tests currently experience
- Improving access to X-rays for patients in 64 communities without independent health facilities – largely in rural and remote areas; equitable access is the right of all Ontarians.
- Reducing wait times for family doctors by eliminating avoidable visits just to receive a referral for a test.
Authority to order lab tests and diagnostic ultrasound can be implemented at no cost to the Ministry of Health if they are paid for privately, as chiropractic care is largely funded now.
Patients have waited for more than ten years, while chiropractors, have asked, on behalf of their patients, for the right to order tests that they are trained to use.