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April 2017

Is telepsychiatry the new normal? Wait times in Canada are unacceptable.

Apr 18
Telehealth provider MDLive  has become the first company to offer telepsychiatry and other virtual mental health services in all 50 states. MDLive Chief Behavioral Health Officer Dr. John Sharp said “I think it’s going to be one of the new norms; you can’t imagine banking without ATMs or online services anymore”.
 
A study at Fraser University indicated that the median wait times for psychiatric treatment in Canada was 16.8 weeks in 2009. The delay for treatment in 2009 far exceeds what physicians would consider clinically reasonable, said Nadeem Esmail, Fraser Institute Director of Health System Performance Studies.  Simon Fraser did a study in November 2016 of wait times for 10 specialties but psychiatrist was not amongst them...

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