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outcomes for patients and resulting in savings for Ontario’s taxpayers. Mr. Chapman-Smith commented on this model of care specifically. He reported that around the world, and here in Ontario, an understanding is being developed that non-medical professionals, such as chiropractors, should be screening back pain patients. In fact, a recent study published by Ontario chiropractic researcher Dr. Jason Busse and his colleagues reports that 75.3% of Canadian Orthopaedic surgeons are comfortable not assessing patients with low back-related complaints referred to their practice if indications for surgery were ruled out by a nonphysician clinician. This is connected to another development in Ontario that is significant by international standards. In a number of countries, chiropractic has been seeking affiliations with universities. In countries where chiropractic is relatively new, such a Brazil, this process has been easier. There are not currently any university affiliations of note in the United States. The same trend had persisted in Ontario until recently. Then in February of 2012 the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) announced a partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology that will allow qualified students to complete a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Kinesiology degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in seven years, instead of eight. Then in November, the two institutions established the Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. health coverage and government spending. The same is true in Ontario, with patients and extended health coverage being the primary sources of chiropractors’ revenue. M r. Chapman-Smith sees an encouraging trend appearing in a variety of international jurisdictions, however. “The tipping point we have been working for is finally happening,” he said. The effect of this tipping point, Mr. Chapman-Smith hopes, will be the opening up of the marketplace of sub-acute and chronic low back pain patients. He predicts that, as this occurs, chiropractic will take on a greater role in primary spinal health care. ON I AM AN ONTARIO CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Tom McGee Physiohealth studios Toronto O ne area of challenge all around the world is the funding of chiropractic. “It really is a mixed bag,” explained Mr. Chapman-Smith. In many countries the funding of chiropractic comes from a collection of sources, including patient fee-for-service, extended www.chiropractic.on.ca 27