The ARTA Extended Health Care Benefit Plans now offer three different virtual health resources! Have you taken advantage of them? These excellent virtual health resources help you navigate the complex health system, and are intended to complement the attention you receive in-person from your family physician, medical specialists, and counsellors.
Effective November 1, 2023, the ARTA Extended Health Care benefit plans provide access to Maple, a virtual physician service available through Green Shield Canada. As the name suggests, virtual care allows patients to meet with physicians online using technology like smartphones, computers, and tablets. Virtual physician services are not meant to replace a person's family physician. Instead, it is a tool to supplement in-person visits with a family physician. It is especially useful for people with reduced mobility, or people in rural areas who need to wait in hospital emergency rooms just to fill a prescription. Virtual physicians have access to each member's provincial health care records, can prescribe medications, order requisitions, and diagnose ailments, just like in-person physicians can.
When it comes to wellness, it’s just as important to take care of your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health. That’s why ARTA has partnered with Inkblot, to give members access to quality counselling that can support them in all areas of their lives.
ARTA’s Extended Health Care coverage covers up to five hours of counselling per member/dependant, per year (benefit year is November 1st – October 31st). In addition, members can access five hours of career, life, or health coaching, as well as financial or legal support, should they need it. The five hours of counselling resets on November 1st.
ARTACares™ provides support to you and your family during times of need such as a serious illness, injury, surgery or even for lingering concerns such as chronic illnesses. With a simple phone call, you can receive support from a nurse in topics including:
- Health care system navigation
- Health advocacy
- Care coordination
- Chronic disease support
- Medical second opinion services
- Caregiving consultations