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Mental health disability solutions that work

Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on October 14, 2020

Since the onset of COVID-19, the men­tal wellbeing of Canadians has suffered—underscoring the need for better access to treatment resources. Fortunately, there are new and innovative treatment solutions available to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on mental health.

A Canadian first

During a Benefits and Pensions Monitor Meetings & Events webinar, Travis Kelly, our Regional Director, Business Development in Ontario and Chris Anderson, President of Medaca Health Group, described the integrated virtual psychiatry and psychotherapy service we provide to disability claimants with a mental health diagnosis— one that’s considered the gold standard in mental health care. This model of care is a first for the Canadian marketplace.

Wait time reduced

On average, it takes six months to start treatment by a psychiatrist in urban areas and 12 months in non-urban areas. This means highly treatable illnesses such as depression and anxiety are left un­treated, prolonging recovery and a healthy return to work. Through our partnership with Medaca, and early psychiatric intervention, treatment can begin 8 days after a referral is approved.

Click here to read to a summary of the webinar presentation and learn more about our proven disability solutions.