The Canadian Psychological Association is raising alarm bells over potential changes to federal tax laws, which CPA representatives say will place additional barriers in front of anyone seeking mental health services in Canada.
Draft policy changes to Canada’s Excise Tax Act, published at the end of 2014, could subject interactions with private insurers to GST and HST. This, says Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO of the Canadian Psychological Association, is worrisome.
“One in five Canadians have a mental health problem in a given year. And there are great barriers to access and care, and we don’t want to see those barriers be increased,” she told Yahoo Canada News.
Amendments proposed by the Canada Revenue Agency add what’s called a “qualifying health-care supply” to Canada’s Excise Tax Act.
Health services that fall under this definition are exempt from taxation, but the CRA draft policy notes that some services “performed by health-care professionals may be taxable or exempt depending on theirRead More »from Getting a medical assessment for your private insurance? There'll soon be a tax for that