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No-cost mental health care

No-cost mental health care

The BC Green Party is renewing our call to incorporate psychologists into the healthcare system to allow for affordable and accessible mental health care in BC. 

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The path to no-cost mental health care

It's time to treat the brain like it's part of the body. The BC Greens are proposing a 12-month pilot project authorizing psychologists to become eligible health care providers through a government-funded billing system (such as MSP or a comparable Psychological Services Plan) for consultation and psychotherapy. This program would allow them to work alongside primary care physicians and other medical specialists.

Mental health is health. It should be prioritized, just like physical health, in our public healthcare system.

The cost of the pandemic

The pandemic has exacerbated an already dire mental health emergency in BC. Depression, anxiety, and people contemplating suicide are at an all-time high in Canada. A recent poll found that 50% of Canadians reported worsening mental health since the pandemic began. 

We need to make changes now to support people as we near the end of this pandemic. The significant hardships we have faced will not fade immediately after the vaccine rollout is over. We can’t dismiss the shortcomings that have been illuminated by this pandemic. If we invest in mental health care now, we’ll have a stronger foundation for building a healthier, more vibrant province moving out of the pandemic.

Mental health care saves everyone money

Integrating mental health care into the healthcare system will prevent suffering, loss of life, and significantly reduce overall healthcare spending by decreasing unnecessary ER visits and costly hospitalizations. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, every dollar invested into mental healthcare saves two dollars elsewhere in the medical system.

We need to make changes now, to support people as we near the end of this pandemic. The significant hardships we have faced will not fade immediately after the vaccine rollout is over. We need to be prepared with mental health care during the long road to recovery. Accessible mental health care will save lives. 

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