Posts Tagged ‘access to psychiatric care’

CQ Healthbeat (4/14, Adams) reports that, according to a study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change and published in the journal Health Affairs, “two-thirds of primary-care physicians told researchers they could not get mental healthcare for their patients.” Specifically, “patients had far more problems getting mental-health services than they did getting other kinds of medical care, including specialty care.” Reasons for that finding include “inadequate health coverage, insurance barriers, or an ability to find a provider that would care for the patients, according to the survey of 6,600 physicians in 60 communities, conducted in 2004 and 2005.” In the case of children, “pediatricians were more likely to report problems,” with the “main obstacles in getting mental healthcare for children” being “a shortage of providers and health plan barriers.” The study authors also said that “physicians might be experiencing more problems now than when the survey was conducted in 2004 and 2005,” possibly due to the recession, which is pressuring “localities and states…to reduce expenditures on mental-health programs.”

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