Mar 22, 2018
Only a minority of people suffering from depression get the appropriate level of care for their mental illness. Much of the reason for this deficit lies in gaps within our healthcare system. Too few providers with too few resources, a confusing and poorly-enforced federal policy, poor insurance coverage for mental health, low reimbursement for services provided, and global society's failure to recognize the problem, all work together to put up barriers to effective mental health care. In this episode, we hear about a patient's challenges in getting care and dealing with her insurance company, a healthcare administrator's efforts to improve his corner of the system, a health economist's views on the cost to our system, and a startup insurance company trying to offer better coverage.