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Ontario is First Province to Provide Government Funded Psychotherapy

Nov 02
There are three ways of treating mental health problems:  self-management, psychotherapy and medication.  
 
Up to now psychotherapy has not been covered by any province in Canada.  The cost of one psychotherapy session ranges between $125.00 – 300.00 per session.   And in most cases several sessions are required. This cost effectively prevents access to psychotherapy for most citizens. Several of our blogs have addressed the need for publically funded psychotherapy.  
 
The costs of short term, long term disability, random absences, productivity loss and hospitalization related to mental illness are spiraling.  People with mental health problems who need psychotherapy are suffering unnecessarily. 
 
In an October 2, 2017 news release the Ontario Government announced that it would fund $72.6 million over the next three years to support psychotherapy programs. The programs are currently in the development phase and will support more than 100,000 people.

Full Article Link: https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/10/ontario-improving-mental-health-services-for-people-across-the-province.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

Dr. Sam Ozersky, MD

Sam is Mensante's founder and CEO. He speaks and writes extensively about the critical relationship between mental health and the workplace.