How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

How much does mental health care cost? Telemental Health, Part 5 in our series

Cost and convenience have prevented millions of Americans from seeking access to mental health care. Yet new technologies can make services more accessible, whether consumers choose online therapy, seek to connect and share information with fellow patients through online support groups, or use a number of apps on the market that help patients fight anxiety […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

How much does mental health care cost? Part 4: Finding affordable psychiatric medications

We are an increasingly medicated nation. Between 1996 and 2010, prescription mental health medication fills rose from 150.3 million to 396.7 million. More than half of these prescriptions (207.9 million) were for antidepressants. In fact, between 2008 and 2010, prescriptions for antidepressants rose by more than 20 million. For those who require drugs to treat depression, anxiety, […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

How much does mental health care cost? Part 1 of our series

(Updated, 2019) One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet limited or no mental health insurance prevents more than half of them from receiving treatment. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Law sought to bridge the divide between physical and behavioral health coverage […]

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

How much does mental health care cost? Part 3: Five Reasons for paying out of pocket

(Updated, 2019) About a third of psychologists in the U.S. do not participate in private insurance plans, according to the American Psychological Association. And many therapists who do take insurance accept a limited number of plans, to avoid the aggravation of haggling with insurance companies. The majority of their patients pay out of pocket and, […]

Ghost networks of psychiatrists hinder patients’ access to care: STAT

Ghost networks of psychiatrists hinder patients’ access to care: STAT

“When I started my training in psychiatry, a senior doctor told me I should have a therapist of my own,” Jack Turban writes over at Stat, about seeking in-network and affordable psychiatric care. “He explained that it’s essential to understand myself so I can better understand my patients. That made sense, so I started calling […]

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

How much do Focalin and Adderall cost? When patients have to ‘fail’ treatments to get the right meds

“Step therapy” is the seemingly innocuous name that insurance companies give to the practice of insisting that patients try and fail treatment on less expensive drugs before moving on to more expensive ones. A friend writes: As a parent of two children diagnosed several years ago with ADHD, I have come to find that there […]

To fight high drug prices, Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in Mexico: The Salt Lake Tribune

To fight high drug prices, Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in Mexico: The Salt Lake Tribune

“Amid a flurry of national proposals to bring exorbitant U.S. drug prices in line with other countries’ charges, one Utah insurer has a different option for patients: Pay them to go to Mexico,” Erin Alberty writes over at The Salt Lake Tribune. PEHP, which covers 160,000 public employees and family members, is offering plane tickets […]

How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

“For five years, Christine Byrd figured her teenage daughter was going through a phase when she became withdrawn from friends and family and brushed off meals at home. It was only when Pepper Snider turned 17 that she was diagnosed with anorexia, triggering five years of intensive treatment, including thrice-weekly therapy, residential care, and hospital […]

Mental disorders top list of most costly conditions: Health Affairs

Summary: “Estimates of annual health spending for a comprehensive set of medical conditions are presented for the entire US population and with totals benchmarked to the National Health Expenditure Accounts,” Charles Roehrig writes in Health Affairs. “In 2013 mental disorders topped the list of most costly conditions, with spending at $201 billion. Cost of Health Care […]