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CANADA’S PROSTHETIC COVERAGE: A REVIEW OF PROVINCIAL PROSTHETIC POLICY

, Dave K. Saraswat, Graham McLeod, Albert Yeung, Danielle Jeong, Jack Lam
CANADIAN PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS JOURNAL , Volume 2; doi:10.33137/cpoj.v2i2.33489

Abstract: The Canadian healthcare system serves as an example of equity and federal service to citizens across the world. However, it is not without its challenges. Prosthetic coverage across Canada is highly variable and largely unable to provide equal coverage for Canadian persons living with amputation. Many persons with limb loss are forced to rely upon personal resources, fundraising, or the charity of non-governmental organizations in order to meet this basic healthcare need. This disparity in the Canadian healthcare system is unusual and largely undescribed in the literature. We thus explore the nature of Canadian healthcare prosthetic coverage across Canada, investigating the variability in coverage, presence of prosthetic coverage policies, clarity of policy, eligibility criteria, and interval of prosthetic replacement. Our findings highlight potential areas for improvement within current Canadian healthcare policy. Article PDF Link: How to Cite: Howard C.W, Saraswat D.K, McLeod G, Yeung A, Jeong D, Lam J. Canada’s prosthetic coverage: a review of provincial prosthetic policy. Canadian Prosthetics & Orthotics Journal. 2019;Volume2, Issue2, No.4. https://doi.org/10.33137/cpoj.v2i2.33489 CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:Calvin W. Howard, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Phone: +1 (587) 987-7723E-mail: [email protected]: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5576-9608
Keywords: https / Calgary / Howard / prosthetic coverage / Canadian healthcare policy

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