In law, a patient has an obligation to mitigate his or her damages by taking all reasonable steps to put himself or herself in, or as close to as possible, the position he/she was in prior to the motor vehicle accident. This obligation is entirely compatible with the natural inclination of your patient to “get better”. It is well-established that early intervention is critical for your patient to maximize his or her prospects for maximal medical recovery. Often, this effort is best-served in the form of multi-disciplinary services.
In your community, there are many services available to your patients that are not funded by OHIP, including but not limited to physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic. Obviously, these forms of intervention are well-known to you.
The insurance regulations which affect your patient’s right to access non-OHIP funded treatment and therapy have recently been tightened. However, it is important to know that your patient CONTINUES TO HAVE funding available to him or her to access non-OHIP funded treatment immediately following a motor vehicle accident. The extent to which your patient’s benefits exist will depend, of course, on the nature and severity of the injury.
We can help you come to a better understanding of the limits of and upon funding available to your patient to ensure the most efficient deployment of a scarce resource.