Mental health coverage climbs substantially
Derek Weir, Manager of Health Benefits Solutions for Medavie Blue Cross, speaks to the tools that are available to support employees across the mental health continuum in the February edition of HR Reporter. Derek is among the health experts who contributed to an article on the “dramatic rise” in mental health initiatives in Canadian and American workplaces.
The article cites a recent survey by the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEB), which found that more than three-quarters (79 per cent) of Canadian employers offer mental health coverage, assessments and training to employees, up from 40 per cent in 2014. Derek says today’s employees want transparent, self-serve options and seamless end-to-end experiences – all of which come with a price to their employers.