In response to the paper by Gatov and colleagues (2023), the authors of this commentary, both psychiatrists, consider ways of addressing long-standing gaps in access to mental health services in Canada. They note the innovation seen during the COVID-19 pandemic with the rise of virtual care because of viral threat and economic imperative. Drawing on examples, including the UK-based experiment with publicly funded psychotherapy, they discuss the need for more flexible provider models of care (read: non-physician), better data collection and the potential of artificial intelligence. They conclude by calling for smarter funding, not just more funding.
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