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.
For over 75 years, Medavie Blue Cross has been a leading health services partner for individuals, employers and governments across Canada. As the country’s leading Blue Cross plan with over one million card holders, we are a premier all-in-one carrier that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability benefits to...