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HQO & ICES Report on Quality of Mental Health Services in Ontario
December 16, 2015
Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) released Taking Stock: A report on the quality of mental health and addictions services in Ontario. The report finds variation both in access to and quality of mental health services across the province.
- Visits to physicians’ offices for mental illness or addiction account for about 10% of all visits in Ontario.
- People in rural areas are less likely to have a follow-up visit with a physician within seven days of leaving the hospital after admission for mental illness or addiction than urban residents (23.1% compared to 30.4%).
- People with the lowest incomes are less likely to have a follow-up visit with a physician within seven days of leaving the hospital after admission for mental illness or addiction than those with the highest incomes (26.9% visit compared to 32.5%).
- Youth are more likely to visit an emergency medical department for mental illness or addiction without first having contact for these issues with a physician (42.7% of people 16-24 years old vs. 29.8% those aged 25 and above).
To learn more about the status of mental health services in Ontario, please click on the links below.