88% of PAP providers are small businesses.
At a time when small businesses across the province are already struggling with the challenges imposed by COVID-19 and lockdowns, PAP providers are now facing significant cuts to funding that threaten to sink their business permanently. The businesses most at risk are small clinics that make up 88% of PAP providers. These are local, main street businesses that go above and beyond to provide patients with extra value and service, who will have no choice but to cut back on in-kind services and leave patients with out-of-pocket expenses.
It’s unlikely larger providers will be able to step in to fill the gaps in small towns and rural communities where local providers have been forced to close, as the funding changes make it financially unviable. The loss of clinics in these communities will result in lost jobs, make respiratory services unaffordable for many, and result in uneven access to healthcare across the province. These Ontario businesses, and the patients who depend on them, deserve better.
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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.