I really appreciate that question and the opportunity to tell you about what it is we're doing in the very unusual and incredibly successful care model that we're practising at Baycrest. It's actually a collaboration with a private health care clinic called the Assistive Technology Clinic on Baycrest grounds. The way we're working is that I'm actually, as you know, a movement disorder physician. Medically, I see the patients in the Baycrest part of the hospital.
The second part of what we do is the support and rehabilitation of our patients, which is being done on the grounds of the Assistive Technology Clinic. The clinic provides mobility devices, assistive communication, and does all sorts of research in trying to advance various different rehabilitation programs, and we're having incredible success.
What's particularly interesting about this place is that even though I'm doing movement disorders there, it actually started as an MS clinic. It has grown into an ALS and MS and stroke clinic. Really, the final common pathway of people with neurologic disability is the same. It doesn't really matter what the original cause is. People have mobility problems, people have--as you had mentioned--problems related to various social issues and financial issues. So we have a social worker. We distribute.... I think it's the largest distributor of wheelchairs in Canada. People come there when they have nowhere else to go and they get what they need at a nominal fee, if none at all. They are supported throughout their disease, regardless of what stage they're in. We're always there to help them.
It really is a remarkable place. There's a lot of focus on research into cures--and obviously that's incredibly important--but your constituents and my patients are living with their problem right now, and the cure isn't tomorrow. While there needs to be sort of parallel thought regarding research and the future, there also have to be helping people today.
There are resources to help people today, but very few people, believe it or not, have access to those resources. Even for physical therapy, you have to have private insurance to actually get physical therapy. So there are so many barriers to actually living today. What my philosophy and that of the people I work with is--and I think it's a growing philosophy in terms of care of patients--what can we do, what are the barriers we can overcome to help you get through your life today, your activities of daily living? How do we optimize quality of life today? It's true for all of us. We do have assistive technologies, and they are beneficial for patients with neurologic disabilities. I think that has to be a focus of a strategy.