Psychiatrist: Financial Pressures Causing Retreat From Mission Of Mental Healthcare.

In a video commentary for Medscape (4/5), psychiatrist Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, of Columbia University, asserts, “What we are seeing in the context of this great recession that we are experiencing, the deficits that are occurring at the state level, and the changes in healthcare delivery that financial pressures are occasioning is a retreat from the mission of mental healthcare.” He adds, “This creates a vicious cycle where the state cuts back, putting more pressure on the nonpublic healthcare” clinicians who are “also under financial pressure. They are also looking for ways to reduce their financial vulnerability, and so they cut services. All of this leaves psychiatry and patients who need psychiatric services in the lurch and out in the cold.”

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