From the Editor
Will they cut a deal?
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins speaks during a health ministers’ meeting last week in Toronto
It’s the question that will be discussed for weeks to come.
But for those of us in mental health, a possible deal is more than an item on the evening news. After all, a new federal-provincial accord could be important, with more money for mental health services. And let’s remember: right now, just 7 cents on every dollar of health spending goes to mental health (in the UK, by contrast, spending is 12 cents on the dollar).
But we hope for more than just a new deal. We hope for a smart new deal – one that will help improve mental health services.
What are steps the federal government could take?
This week’s Reading considers the new report issued by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (or CAMIMH), an alliance of sixteen member organizations, including the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This thoughtful document lays out a five-point plan for bettering mental health services from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Spoiler alert: the plan calls for more spending, yes, but also efforts to improve access, better measurement of the system, and a targeted basic income to help less affluent Canadians.
Also in this reading – tying back to the UK – we look at an article from The Guardian about making mental health services stronger across the Atlantic.
The two pieces offer a strong contrast: about where our debate is in this country – and where mental health services could be with some needed reforms.