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Rationing Mental Health Care, Part Two: Doctor Fees

In the previous post, I talked about how healthcare administration, by controlling the training opportunities, facilities, hiring and activities of physicians, psychologists and other mental health practitioners can restrict the amount and type of access to mental health care. In this post, I want to take a closer look at another mechanism that is used, the physician fee schedule. Most physicians, in part or in whole, generate income by billing governments for specific services they [...]

By |January 9th, 2015|System|1 Comment

Rationing Mental Health Care, Part One.

Anyone who has tried getting mental health help knows that it can be very difficult to find. Clearly, there isn't enough care available to satisfy the need that's out there. One look at the recent shameful stories about Canadian Forces Veterans who are unable to access adequate mental health resources for widespread problems like PTSD, provides a glimpse into the problem. There are significant practical, philosophical and economic issues at play in terms of how much [...]

By |January 5th, 2015|System|1 Comment