What’s this about?
Amid a pandemic where Ontarians are grappling with a respiratory virus, the Ontario Government is implementing a significant 46% reduction in funding to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices which will force providers to cut back on in-kind services to shoulder the additional cost and raise prices for current and future patients by $400-$600 per patient. CPAP devices are used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a common respiratory condition that impacts sleep and can lead to serious health complications if left untreated.
In addition to higher costs for patients, the funding changes will also cause a trickle-down effect. Around 88% of PAP providers are small businesses who may be forced to close their doors. This will leave gaps in care as stepping in to provide these services won’t be financially viable for larger providers. The impact will be felt particularly in rural communities across the province that rely on local clinics, and where equitable access to healthcare services is already a significant issue. The implications for healthcare access go beyond just CPAP devices. These local businesses are often also the providers of home oxygen therapy in rural communities and their closure will mean loss of these services as well.
As Ontarians struggle to recover from COVID-19 and lockdowns, equitable, reliable access to respiratory healthcare has never been more important.
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Who gets hurt by cuts to healthcare?
Respiratory patients will see costs go up by $400-$600 per device, making access to air unaffordable for many.
Many Ontarians are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their respiratory health. Accepting cuts to healthcare now will hurt patients in the future in need of clinical support and respiratory devices.
Small Businesses & Clinics
Small, local businesses that go above and beyond to provide clinical support to patients will be unable to shoulder the additional costs and forced to close their doors permanently.
Many rural communities rely on smaller providers for access and will lose services entirely if local providers are forced to close, resulting in uneven access across the province.