The QLP is an advocate for the integration of psychological services in the public system

Le PLQ plaide pour l’intégration des services psychologiques dans le régime public

QUEBEC | psychological services should be integrated into the public system for the benefit of the whole population, argues the Quebec liberal Party (QLP), especially in the context of the health crisis.

The government Legault announced in the framework of the national Week of mental health funding of $ 31 million to enhance the psychosocial services.

“We need to go farther and this is even more true with the psychological distress experienced by many canadians in these times of crisis,” said Saturday, via press Andre Fortin, spokesman for liberal health and social services.

Access to psychological services is limited to the greatest number, ” said Mr. Fortin, for whom these difficulties result in “a loss of productivity, increased costs of medicines, medical services and hospitalizations”.

Even access to a psychologist in the public sector is problematic, in the sense that an application can give rise to waiting several months.

“These consequences have a cost far higher than the $ 300 million it would cost to include immediately the psychological services in the public system,” noted the member of parliament for Pontiac.

For the official opposition, the money invested today in terms of care for mental health will result in cost savings in the long term.

This is why the funds needed to include psychological services to the public health care plan must be seen as an investment and not an expense, said Mr Fortin.

In December 2017, $ 35 million has been injected into the quebec Program of psychotherapy for mental disorders, the objective of which was to enhance access to psychological services, he added.

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