Virtual care: Impact of COVID-19 on physician mental health services

December 15, 2022 — To address the needs of patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many physicians in Canada have adopted virtual appointments for a range of services. Simultaneously, public health measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have impacted the population’s daily routines and the mental health of individuals who experience anxiety and depression. Virtual care is a mode of delivery for the health system to consider in addressing the mental health needs of Canadians.

Use the snapshot report to explore trends in the virtual mental health services provided by physicians between April 2019 and March 2021 in provinces where CIHI is able to identify their use (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia). To learn more, download the data tables.

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Virtual care: Use of physician mental health services in Canada

Learn about the use of physician services by patients with a diagnosis of anxiety or depression, corresponding physician payments and the impact of the rapid implementation of virtual care.

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Shift to Virtual Care: Physician Mental Health Services

Explore data on the virtual mental health services physicians billed for in selected provinces from April 2019 to March 2021.

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How to cite:

Canadian Institute for Health Information. Virtual care: Impact of COVID-19 on physician mental health services [Product release]. Accessed January 29, 2023.

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