My private practice is currently full and not accepting new referrals. I am winding down this practice over time and will focus on seeing patients through Hong Fook Mental Health Association and the Primary Care Team at Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.
There are many reasons to close the private practice but the most compelling reasons include the fact that keeping a private office in Toronto is becoming economically less and less feasible over time, as expenses increase and fees decrease. Multidisciplinary care has also become the standard of care, and this is difficult to create in a private practice setting. I believe patients receive better care when psychiatrists work as part of a team and indeed the trend seems to be for psychiatrists to work in hospitals or larger clinics.