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Budget Outlines $6 Million for Neurotrauma Care

The Ontario government has committed $6 Million to improve health systems for people who sustain brain or spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle collisions.

As part of the provincial budget announcements in April, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) were recognized by the government as they made increased investments in care for people who have sustained neurotrauma through major vehicle incidents.

With the support of the government, ONF and SCIO will be able to provide people with effective pathways of care for neurotrauma injuries.

Dr. Stuart Howe, Chief Executive Officer at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario said: “Today’s budget announcement is a game-changer for people who have sustained brain or spinal cord injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision. This funding will allow Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to streamline an integrated pathway of care. These steps are absolutely essential for us to ensure that Ontarians are receiving the best care possible and we’re delighted that the government has decided to work with us towards this goal.”

According to the David Marshall report from 2017, there are approximately 60,000 injuries a year from motor vehicle collisions in Ontario, many of which are spinal cord and acquired brain injuries.

The measures being taken are part of the government’s transformation of the auto insurance system over time, ensuring that people who are hurt in auto collisions are able to receive the care they need when they need it.

Chief Executive Officer at ONF, Kent Bassett-Spiers said: “ONF congratulates the Ontario government for moving forward on the development of a care pathway for people with spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries. This work will inform evidence based strategies and improve outcomes and harmonize public and private care.”

The $6 million investment will be implemented across a three year period and will support both organizations as they work with partners from the auto insurance sector, personal injury legal community and private sector clinical service providers to revolutionize the current care system.

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