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[This letter was edited on October 22, 2014 for reasons stated in this blog post- link to come]
I am writing to you about my insurance coverage for psychological services.
Under a new law in Quebec, Bill 21, all professionals qualified to
provide psychological treatment (psychotherapy) are licensed by the
Order of Psychologists of Quebec as psychotherapists. These
professionals have training and expertise which many psychologists lack. Some psychotherapists are experts licensed in marriage and family therapy, others in social work, occupational therapy, psycho-education, career counselling, nursing and sexology. Others are highly trained in unique forms of therapy like somatic therapy, art therapy or psychoanalysis, and many others.
Currently, however, the services of these experts are excluded by
many insurance policies which only cover the services of
When the consumer needs a psychological treatment, these policies force the consumer to choose between:
1) reimbursed sessions with a psychologist who may have little or sometimes no clinical training in the type of intervention sought, or
2) non-reimbursed sessions with a psychotherapist who, while not a
psychologist, may have a license and/or many years of clinical experience and, like any psychologist in Quebec, is accredited by the Order
More rational insurance provide clients coverage for the
psychological services of all licensed psychotherapists.
It makes no sense that some policies continue to do otherwise. When
an insurance policy limits the consumer's choice of providers,
there is no cost containment of the services used. On the contrary, the value of their policy decreases.
An insurance policy that gives access to the largest pool of qualified providers helps reduce service costs.
I want access to all qualified providers authorized to provide the services I
need. For psychological services, this means that I wantpsychotherapy
sessions covered with all psychotherapists accredited by the Order of
Psychologists of Quebec who are legally licensed to provide them.
Please note: I am not requesting that a new psychological
service be added to my current coverage. I am merely requesting access
to a larger pool of providers licensed to provide that service.
Please inform me how my current policy provides coverage for
psychological services, especially whether it covers all professionals
qualified to provide these services: psychotherapists. If this is not
currently the case, please rectify that situation with our insurance
Thank you for your attention to this matter.