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“For five years, Christine Byrd figured her teenage daughter was going through a phase when she became withdrawn from friends and family and brushed off meals at home.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

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 […]

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

SUMMARY:  Many therapists take only a limited number of insurance plans, to avoid the aggravation of haggling with insurance companies. The majority of their patients pay out of pocket and, if they are insured, they then may submit claims to their insurance companies. This trend is likely to continue. Yet the option for self-pay may […]

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

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

  SUMMARY: One in four 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 seek to bridge the divide between physical and behavioral health coverage […]

The Anarchist Soccer Mom: Thinking the Unthinkable

The Anarchist Soccer Mom: Thinking the Unthinkable

There is little that anyone can say in the wake of the Newtown shootings that will make sense. So it is with mixed emotions that we refer our readers to this piece, a cri de coeur about mental illness, from a mom raising a boy who needs services, and what that feels like. Our particular […]

Morning Meds: Google Pharmacy Ads, Generics and More

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Regulators

Morning Meds: Google Pharmacy Ads, Generics and More

News we’ve been reading from the world of prescription drugs and pharmacy: *The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether Google illegally displayed ads for pharmacies operating outside legal bounds, according to The New York Times. The Times dug the story out of a financial statement filed with the SEC last week that reads: Department […]