Virtual Health Resources for Canadians During COVID-19

Humi TeamHumi Team
Apr 21, 2020
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In the face of the current pandemic, people are adopting virtual health practices more than ever. These practices allow patients to get the support they need, without taking a step outside of their homes. 

We’ve collected a list of virtual health resources to inform you of all the resources that are available to you, including details around what type of service it is, the cost, and other important details. We are committed to helping you stay healthy during this time and will be updating this list regularly. If you know of a resource that we haven’t listed here, please email benefits@humi.ca so we can keep a comprehensive list for Canadians.

On-demand Medical Support

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Providers Available to Cost Provides Drug Prescriptions? Group Benefits Provider Discount
Maple Physicians All provinces, open to the public OHIP covered COVID-19 screening

Pay/visit:
$49 for the weekdays, $79 for weekends & holidays, $99 overnight

Membership plans:
$30/mo for personal, $50/mo for families
Yes Included in all Victor benefits plans with per visit cost to the employee.
Cover Health Physicians Ontario, open to the public Free, paid for by OHIP Yes N/A
Akira Nurse Practitioners All provinces, only for businesses Only offered through group programs - costs will vary Yes Yes, for GroupSource, Manulife, Benecaid/Honeybee, and Desjardins
Dialogue Physicians and Nurse Practitioners All provinces, only for businesses $9 PEPM as entry cost, lower-cost arrangement if benefits plan is with Canada Life. FREE with Sun Life until June 10th Yes Yes, for Great-West Life and Sunlife
Tia Health Physicians All provinces, open to the public Free, with a valid health card in B.C, Alberta and Ontario. Costs vary in other provinces Yes N/A
EQ Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Nationwide, only for businesses Approx. $4 single, $8 family /month Yes N/A
Health Casa Physiotherapists, Chiropodists, and Naturopaths Nationwide, available to the public Physiotherapy:
30-min appointment – $50

Chiropody:
30-min appointment – $50

Naturopathy:
Initial 90-min appointment – $225, cost of follow-up appointments range depending on length
No Yes, contact info@healthcasa.com for more information
GOeVisit Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Nationwide, only for businesses Approx. $4 single, $8 family /month Yes N/A

Virtual Mental Health Support

Inkblot

Inkblot enables therapy online through video conferencing,  instead of in-person. Their mission is to make therapy these services more accessible and affordable. They have over 200 therapists that you can book sessions with. The first visits are free (until you find a therapist you like). After this, the sessions cost $37.50 per 30 minute of individual counselling. If you’re a business, you can opt-in to their corporate program to cover the cost of therapy for your employees. 

Inkblot Meditation

Inkblot is offering live fully-guided video sessions. No experience is required. These sessions are completely free. Anyone can join. 

BetterHelp

BetterHelp offers professional online counseling. You can choose from a variety of communication channels -  chat, phone call, or video call. They also have the option of messaging your therapist anytime, with no previous scheduling. The prices range from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly) and includes unlimited access to your counselor. You can cancel your membership at any time for any reason.

Silvercloud

Silvercloud is a digital mental health platform with the mission to break down all the barriers with mental and behavioral health care. They have over 30+ programs across the spectrum of mental health. It is free for 60 days.

Big Whitewall

This is an  anonymous, clinically managed, community providing peer-to-peer support. A safe place to talk, share and support people. They provide a support network of clinically managed online forums, self-guided groups,  courses, and a library of useful articles and resources. It is free to access.

TalkSpace

Talkspace is a platform that allows you to send your therapist text, audio, picture, and video messages at any time, and they will respond daily, 5x/week. They offer Unlimited Messaging Therapy, social media therapy for individuals, teens, couples and businesses. All prices are discounted in this period. It typically costs $65/week for Unlimited Messaging Therapy and Talk space for Teens. And $99/week for Couples therapy

Talkspace for COVID-19

To provide some relief in this time, Talkspace is offering a free therapist-led Facebook support groups, 16-day anxiety relief program to reduce/manage fear about COVID-19 and discounted Talkspace subscriptions for all.

Centre For Interactive Mental Health Solutions

CIHMS is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of making  effective mental health services accessible to people around the world. They offer  free online therapy for depression that involves an 8 session interactive therapy program for depression that you complete on your own. This is available for free.

Layla

Layla is a curated community of mental health therapists that provides both physical and virtual therapy sessions to Ontarians. It costs $130 per 50 mins ($170 for couples starting June 1st, 2020).

The Lifeline Canada Foundation

The Lifeline Canada Foundation is committed to positive mental health and suicide reduction across Canada. They do this mostly through The LifeLine App and the Companion Paws program. The app gives you access to online chat, text, email crisis help, Canadian Crisis Line Centres Mapping, online counselling, and more. It is free.

EQ Care

EQ Care's team helps employees address both physical and mental health challenges before they manifest into chronic and complex medical issues, and negatively impact their performance and productivity. Their services include virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  and virtual independent medical evaluations. It is available in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Advance Health

Advance Health is a group of registered psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychological associates  who have come together to help get you where you want to be. . Their services include psychotherapy, video-therapy, psychological assessments, and consultations. 

As we mentioned earlier, we will continue to update this list so that you know about all the virtual health resources available to you.  If you know of a resource that we haven’t listed here, please email benefits@humi.ca so we can keep a comprehensive list for Canadians.


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