Many of our members have expressed concern about the potential changes to remuneration for physician-delivered psychotherapy through OHIP and wish to help. There have also been requests about accessing more information for the evidence supporting the value of long-term psychotherapy. Below are pertinent resources.
If you feel comfortable connecting with politicians, you can contact your local conservative MPP and/or the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Contact information for MPPs can be found at: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current.
Minister Christine Elliott can be reached at email@example.com.
To help track action e-mails, consider copying your message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also an online petition available at: https://north99.org/tell-ford-hands-off-our-health-care/. Although there is a request for money for those who wish to contribute financially, it is not a requirement and it will still send your message even if no payment is made.
There was an opinion article by Norman Doidge (see link below) in The Globe and Mail on April 6, 2019 about the importance of continuing full OHIP coverage for long-term psychotherapy.
If you support this cause, you may wish to consider disseminating the article through your networks, providing positive feedback on it via social media or via the article’s comment section, and/or having a copy of it available in your waiting room.
OMA Committee to Preserve Publicly-Funded, Physician-Delivered Psychotherapy
a) a summary from the Committee, and
b) a brief literature summary.
Those who are interested in learning more about the Coalition can go to: https://www.coalitionforpsychotherapyparity.org/
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Dr. Renata M. Villela, MD, FRCPC
Ontario District Branch of the APA