Experts agree–the U.S. has achieved the most technologically advanced medical care system in the world and it provides the highest quality, most comprehensive medical education available. Can we conclude that our health care system is one of America's success stories? It appears–we cannot. However, amid growing concern over our health care system, there is far less agreement on what to do about it. Jennie Kronenfeld addresses major health care controversies confronting American society, health care professionals, and policymakers. This intriguing book focuses on the overlapping area between policy sciences and health care studies, particularly the cost, access, and quality of health care. Kronenfeld discusses whether our system can solve its problems, or whether we have a health care “system” at all. Do we have a national health care “policy,” or a web of state, county, and city policies? And, what of fundamental changes being adopted in the midst of the controversies surrounding reproductive health and abortion, mental health and behavioral health, disease patterns/physical health/AIDS, aging and long-term care, as well as the professions and facilities who provide care? A provocative examination of these important issues, Controversial Issues in Health Care Policy is essential reading for students of policy studies, health services, and sociology, as well as for policymakers, and health care professionals.
Chapter 3: Mental Health Concerns and Behavioral Health
Mental Health Concerns and Behavioral Health
One common joke and complaint in the health care field is that researchers and caregivers separate the body and the mind. In many ways, this continues to be true. The care delivery system that has evolved to care for mental and behavioral problems has traditionally been different and very separate from the physical health care system. Many health insurance policies either totally exclude mental health coverage or have completely different limits and rules about such care. Moreover, the people who provide the services are different. The physicians who specialize in the mind and in related health problems are a separate specialty (psychiatrists) and there are whole special categories of caregivers in the mental health ...