Christine Grou, new President of the Quebec Order of Psychologists,
in response to a comment on her Facebook page, claims to have "intervened" on the subject of inequitable access to psychotherapy by insurance companies.
Here is my answer to her:
Dear Madame Grou,
You are not being asked, as you
wrote in your comment, to defend "the interest of psychotherapists" but to defend the interest of the public whose protection is, may I
remind you, the mission of your professional order.
Your letter is addressed to the Ombudservice for Life and Health Insurance (OLHI), "an independent dispute resolution service to handle consumer complaints"; but what is your complaint?
do not dispute the inaccessibility of psychotherapy through insurance
programs that cover psychological services, nor clearly tell the OLHI that, in terms
of psychological treatment, psychotherapists are on equal footing with
psychologists, which would allow the public to be reimbursed for their services at no additional cost to anyone.
Madame Grou, you need merely state simply and publicly that:
OPQ denounces the lack of coverage of psychotherapy by insurers and
demands that, in the public interest, insurers reimburse the services
of psychotherapists who have been issued a permit by the Quebec Order of
Psychologists such as to allow the public access to all professionals qualified to provide the psychological treatment they are looking for.
Can you say this; if not, why not?