At the end of 2008, the Canadian Institute of Health Information released its annual report on physiotherapy. It identified PEI as the province with the least physiotherapists, at 38 per 100,000 population compared to the nationwide average of 51. Some areas, such as West Prince, do not have any physiotherapists at all. Patients often resort to commuting to a nearby city to receive treatment.
Like Saskatchewan, PEI’s problem could be rooted in its lack of an accredited physiotherapy school. Unfortunately, unlike Saskatchewan, PEI is not currently developing a physiotherapy program. If the University of PEI followed the example of the University of Saskatchewan, it could improve the quality of health care of the province in the long run.
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