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Green Shield Canada is partnering with Maple to provide its group benefits plan members with free access to the virtual-care provider’s platform for the winter months ahead.

“As a leading advocate for evidence-based digital health technologies and the impact they can have on the health-care experience for Canadians, it was an easy decision for GSC to step up and support our plan members during the ongoing health crisis,” said Zahid Salman, the insurer’s president and chief executive officer, in a press release. “We are taking no chances in ensuring plan members receive the health care they need safely and conveniently this winter.”

Read: Green Shield Canada, Maple partner on telemedicine access

Starting Dec. 1, GSC’s group plan members and their families will have access to Maple’s virtual-care app for up to four on-demand consultations with the organization’s general practitioners for a minimum of three months. The visits can be used for both acute and chronic health needs, as well as mental-health concerns best treated by a physician, according to the release.

“Increasing direct, timely access to health-care providers has never been more important for the health of Canadians,” said Christy Prada, vice-president of business development at Maple. “Expanding our partnership with GSC will not only help enhance the physical and mental health of our country, but also increase productivity and engagement for some of Canada’s top employers. This is essential at a time when many people are struggling to juggle both home and work life under one roof.”

Read: Majority of Canadians would take advantage of virtual doctor visits: survey

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