The Physician Health Program (PHP) provides an important service to connect physicians, residents and medical learners and family members to resources they need for support. Resources include clinicians, psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, GP psychotherapists and a wide array of non-OHIP billed specialists such as psychologists, therapists and coaches.
The increased pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic on the general population has resulted in challenging volumes across the province for mental health practitioners to see patients and clients. It is estimated that there will be a more than 40 per cent increase in demand for mental health and addiction services for the general population due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are seeing similar increases in our own physician population.
The PHP has a rich database of resources; however, the increased need within the physician population requires additional support.
We are so grateful to our existing network of resources who continue to accept our referrals. We appreciate you doing everything you can to support our physician community by offering your time and opening your practices to us, especially during these unprecedented times.
On behalf of the PHP Team, we thank you!
A PHP clinical coordinator (CC) will contact you by email or phone and will let you know about the referral (no PHI) and will ask if you can take a referral. If you answer “yes”, the CC will then give the physician your information and encourage them to contact you directly, identifying themselves as having been referred by the PHP. If you need a referral from a family doctor, we can help with the person’s consent.
Just let us know and we will refer to another practitioner.
Compensation for accepting a PHP referral will be through standard billing codes for the specific care provided. The PHP does not cover the costs of uninsured services and payment would be the physician-patient’s responsibility. Fortunately, many physicians have some form of private insurance coverage for psychotherapy services. Learn more about OMA Insurance offers.
Please do not hesitate to refer the physician-patient back to the PHP. We are happy to assist with identifying and connecting to additional services that you have suggested.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. Please note any information you provide is kept confidentially within the PHP and will not be shared with any other third party.