Mental Illness Treatment Is Shortchanged
Jennifer Shifrin and Danny Wedding, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
One disturbing aspect of the great debate over the way health care should be financed and delivered is the low priority given to the care of people with mental illness. This bias, which results from an artificial distinction between "mental" and "physical" disorders, is embedded in the president's proposal for health-care reform.
The Clinton plan would finance only 60 days of inpatient care and/or 30 outpatient psychotherapy sessions a year. A patient enrolled in an HMO would pay $10 a visit for "medical maintenance" and $25 a visit for psychotherapy. A fee-for-service plan would require patients to pay 50 percent of the cost of each psychotherapy session, while a …
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Publication information: Article title: Mental Illness Treatment Is Shortchanged. Contributors: Jennifer Shifrin and Danny Wedding - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: October 5, 1993. Page number: 15B. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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