Cost, Insurance Issues May Stand In Way Of Mental Healthcare.

Politico (3/4, Cunningham) reported, “No one keeps tabs on precisely how many of the 552,000 mental health professionals in the US – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – won’t accept private health insurance.” However, “patient advocacy groups and provider organizations say many don’t want to accept low pay rates – and the insurance paperwork.” According to a survey conducted in 2005 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “of 5.7 million adults who didn’t get mental health care when they needed it, nearly half blamed cost or insurance issues.”

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— “Loophole for mental health care, “Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico, March 4, 2013.

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