Artists’ financial vulnerability often impacts their ability to access appropriate healthcare. Below is information on no- and low-cost treatment options, organizations which may provide resources and financial assistance, and the Joysanne Sidimus Fund (our financial assistance program).
Disclaimer: the information on this page is for information purposes only. We do not endorse any of the services or resources listed here.
The Joysanne Sidimus Fund
The Joysanne Sidimus Fund (JSF) is our financial assistance program which helps cover the costs of fees-for-service at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. The fund contributes 75% of the cost of appointments, up to $760, and is available for one year. Applications are assessed based on financial need, medical need and eligibility as a professional artist.
This fund provides short term support and cannot be relied upon for ongoing treatment.
The fund may be helpful if you are:
- Covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), with no additional insurance available to you
- Able to access the Centre regularly for appointments
- Able to pay 25% of each appointment fee
- Have a specific medical concern that can be treated within the funding and time limits
- Meet the eligibility criteria (financial, medical, eligibility as a professional artist)
If this does not describe you, other resources listed below may be more appropriate for your needs.
To learn more, click here.
Community Health Centres provide primary health care services and health programs. Many also include services such as physiotherapy, mental health supports and more. To find one in your area, visit: www.aohc.org/find-a-centre
Low Cost Dental Services View PDF
Mental Health Community Resources View PDF
Hard Feelings is an organization which offers low-cost counselling: hardfeelings.org
OHIP-Covered Physiotherapy: tinyurl.com/y79poczk
Medical Clinics for Non-Insured Clients: accessalliance.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/GTA-Free-Clinics-for-Uninsured.pdf
Health with Dignity an initiative of Access Alliance designed to help people in the communities they serve better navigate the health system and enhance self-management: accessalliance.ca/health-with-dignity
Access CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) With one phone call, Access CAMH can provide access to centralized information, intake and scheduling of most CAMH services for mental illness, including addictions: camh.ca/en/your-care/access-camh or call 416 535-8501, option 2.
Art Service Organizations
The AFC (financial assistance programs for those in Canada’s entertainment industry) www.AFChelps.ca
Canvas: A Foundation for Artists (financial assistance program for visual artists) www.canvasfoundation.ca
Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) dtrc.ca
Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) www.csarn-craac.ca
Artists’ Legal Advice Services alasontario.ca
Health education programs at Artists’ Health Alliance: artistshealth.com/aha/education
Arts-based programs at Artists’ Health Alliance: artistshealth.com/aha/creations
Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union www.creativeartscu.com
Art Books www.artbooks.to/
The Arts and Entertainment Plan (insurance) www.aeplan.ca
Apps compiled by UHN Patient & Family Libraries: View PDF
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Guides & Publications, Tutorials and Courses: camh.ca/en/health-info
You Feel Like Sh*t, an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals. It’s designed to take as much of the weight off of you as possible, so each decision is very easy and doesn’t require much judgment. Click here.
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