Sessional funding: Compensating psychiatrists for indirect services in Ontario general hospitals

  • Reid Finlayson
  • Edgardo L. Perez


“Sessional funding” is a mechanism that originated in the 1960s in Ontario, Canada, to pay for indirect psychiatric services provided in the general hospital system and through community mental health programs. This article describes the sessional funding system and the problems that developed in the allocation of sessional hours and accountability for their use.


Public Health Mental Health General Hospital Health Program Community Mental Health 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reid Finlayson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Edgardo L. Perez
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryOttawa Civic HospitalOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Associate Professor of Psychiarry at the Univ. of OttawaCanada
  3. 3.Ottawa Civic HospitalOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Chief of Psychiatry at the Univ. of OttawaOttawaCanada

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