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Mental health care must be brought into the mainstream of Medicare

Part of NUPGE's 10-Step Plan for improving public health care services.

Mental health care must be brought into the mainstream of MedicareOTTAWA, June 24, 2008 — The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says Canada's mental health system must be brought into the mainstream of Medicare to provide better care for millions of Canadians and to help shorten the waiting time for care.

Short Wait Times — A National Mental Health Strategy is the sixth in a series of NUPGE publications outlining "10 steps to ensure we get more and better care — faster."

"Research tells us that about one in every ten Canadians over the age of 15 years will at some point experience a mental health problem — including alcohol or substance abuse," the latest pamphlet says.

Inadequate access to mental health services means that more people must rely on emergency rooms and hospitals, often when another form of intervention would be better, the publication says. . .

Part of NUPGE's mission as a union is to contribute to a national framework of services and solidarity to benefit all Canadian workers.

Links and sources
  NUPGE: Better mental health care will shorten wait times, posted by NUPGE.ca, June 24, 2008
  Short Wait Times — A National Mental Health Strategy, prepared by the National Union of Public and General Employees, June, 2008
  Mental health expert: public sector in crisis reposted on Public Values June 18, 2008

Posted: June 25, 2008

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