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  •  We also need to end the ridiculous practice of (24+ / 0-)

    treating mental health care as indepent of medical health care. The brain is part of the body and if you have a brain tumor, anyuersm, stroke, epilepsy, dementia or alzheimer's those are treated as medical condtions and are covered under your medical insurance as such. That covers diagnostics, surgery, radiation/chemo and  hospitilization if neccesssary.

    But, if you suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD or scizophrenia it is considered a mental health disorder and if you're lucky enough to even have mental health coverage with your health insurance plan, the coverage is very limited. They will only cover so many sessions with a psychologist per plan year and the co-pays are generally much higher. In patient treatment is also limited to a specific number of days per plan year,
    in patient hospitals are  few and far between and there is usually a waiting period until a bed opens up. (Unless it's an acute type of situation) Very often patients are required to pay a portion before they will admit you, usually $1000.00 and up and in patient drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers are even more scarce.

    This is one of St. Ronnie's legacies to the American people. We need to cover mental health disorders as part of our total medical health. Our primary care physician and our mental health care practitioner's should be working together as team. As the it stands now, it's like there's a chinese wall between them.

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

    by mindara on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:35:53 PM PST

    •  The same disctinction (1+ / 0-)
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      Separates dental and vison care from "health care" in many ways too.  It is indeed counter-productive.

      And to hear the 2nd Amendment types rail on about "mental health care" is ironic given that the majority of that set is/was firmly against the ACA, and probably cheered the decimation of the mental health safety net 30 years ago...

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