Green Shield Canada (GSC) will be providing its group and post-secondary student plan members free access to telemedicine services.
The company is offering plan members access to virtual healthcare services provided by Maple. The free offer is for a three-month period. GSC first partnered with Maple last year to offer telemedicine as an optional product to plan members.
Maple’s bilingual platform can connect plan members with a Canadian-licenced physician online within minutes – whether through instant message, video, or audio call. This access is available seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and midnight local time in all provinces and territories.
Plan members can receive medical advice, prescriptions, lab requisitions, and more. A release said that the free access incudes up to four physician consultations per household. With direction from the patient, prescriptions arranged through Maple can be delivered (outside Quebec) through PocketPills – a digital pharmacy that GSC has partnered with.
“As a leading advocate for evidence-based digital health technologies and the impact they can have on the healthcare experience for Canadians, it was an easy decision for GSC to step up and support our plan members during the ongoing health crisis,” said GSC president and CEO Zahid Salman. “We are taking no chances in ensuring plan members receive the healthcare they need safely and conveniently this winter.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with GSC to expand access to healthcare across the country,” said Maple CEO and co-founder Dr. Brett Belchetz. “It has never been more important to remove the obstacles that Canadians face when it comes to healthcare, like long travel times, fear of infectious illness, needing to leave home or work, or requiring child care to attend an in-person appointment.”
Belchetz added that this partnership helps remove those barriers to healthcare.