OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Psychiatric Association
(CPA), the national voice for Canada's 4,500 psychiatrists, and the
Ontario Psychiatric Association (OPA), the voice of psychiatry in
Ontario, welcome the release of the report by the Institute for
Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Centre for Addictions
and Mental Health (CAMH) entitled Universal Coverage without Universal Access: A Study of Psychiatrist
Supply and Practice Patterns in Ontario.
This report reviews the supply and practice patterns of psychiatrists in
Ontario with a particular focus on urban and rural differences as
defined by Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
"With a focus on providing patients with access to psychiatric care, the
report identifies several policy issues that require discussion and
leadership from psychiatry," noted Dr. Michael Teehan, CPA President.
"At the same time, the CPA fully recognizes that issues related to the
organization, management, delivery and funding of mental health
services are largely provincial in scope."
"As the demand for mental health services continues to increase,
psychiatry is playing a significant role in the overall architecture of
the mental health delivery system. This requires discussion about our
clinical role, the supply and distribution of psychiatrists, and the
innovative ways in which we provide care to our patients," said Dr.
Gary Chaimowitz, OPA President.
The report discusses funding models and their impact on practice
patterns. The CPA Economics Committee has been working with health
economists and policy-makers to: (1) move beyond doctor-to-population
ratios, which do not capture the complexity of patient care needed or
being delivered; and (2) explore innovative funding models that
facilitate psychiatrists seeing patients most in need. For example, the
report does not mention that Ontario has recently implemented novel
clinical care modifiers for psychiatry that encourage care of high-risk
and high-needs patients. This was done through the leadership of
psychiatric associations in Ontario.
"As we look to the future, we need to consider different ways in which
access to mental health care can be enhanced, and the quality of care
improved," said Dr. Teehan. The CPA and the OPA look forward to
contributing to the dialogue that will not only improve the delivery of
mental health services, but its continued integration into the health
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,500 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in
1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters
excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Psychiatric Association
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