Canada should expand depression treatments under Medicare: study (Joseph Puyat, CHEOS)

Here’s a depressing statistic: one in every 20 Canadians have the symptoms of major depression.

But even worse, fewer than half of them actually get even the most minimal treatment for the condition, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Its author Joseph Puyat, a researcher at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, examined data from Statistics Canada as well as B.C.’s medical billing records and found a huge gap between people’s mental health and getting the help they need.

David P. Ball reports

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