In Ontario, yes. We’re hoping to expand provincially-funded psychiatry visits to other provinces soon as well.
To access this service, you’ll first need a referral from a primary care provider like your family doctor. You can ask that the referral be addressed to “the next available Psychiatrist on Maple.”
Once you have the referral, log in to your Maple account and request a consultation with the “Psychiatry Booking Coordinator.” They’re available through the app Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. You should hear back from them within two hours. You’ll need to provide the referral letter and a picture of your Ontario Health Card with the booking coordinator.
If your referral is accepted, your family doctor or referring GP will be made aware and you’ll be able to book an OHIP-covered psychiatry appointment directly through the app. If your referral is not accepted, we will reach out to your family doctor or referring GP to let them know why.
Note that while the visit with the psychiatrist is covered, OHIP doesn’t cover insurance form completions. Costs for a 1 to 2 page form are $100; a 3 to 5 page form costs $200.