As part of the interview for my book, I asked about the role that mental health plays in healthcare. Responses were unequivocal: It plays a vital role. All of these doctors have patients who are depressed, anxious, traumatized, or otherwise in need of mental health services. My doctor interviewees frequently added comments about lack of access to mental health services and insurance interference. Refusal to pay is a big problem, according ...

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According to the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, well over half of patient visits to primary care physicians are for mental health issues. So, as part of my book, I Have Been Talking with Your Doctor: Fifty doctors talk about the healthcare crisis and the doctor-patient relationship, I asked about mental health. None of the doctor interviewees disagreed with the important role that ...

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When interviewing for my book, I asked about insurance, but the topic came up even when I didn't specifically ask about it. It was never positive in relation to practice. A doctor said, "I expected to be around tough and hard cases. I expected it to be hard. I did not expect to have to think if the insurance company will not pay for it."Another one said, "This completely changes the ...

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While doing my doctoral dissertation research at a clinic for kids with diabetes, I observed the attachment that some of them had to the physician faculty member who directed the clinic. I particularly remember one teenager who complained that this doctor "did not care" about her, as he sent "fake doctors" (residents) to take care of her, not coming himself. She was refusing to cooperate. When I suggested to the ...

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I love my doctors. I have an undiagnosable autoimmune disease. It's mostly manageable, my lab work is perfect, and I rarely get sick. I get allergy shots and take blood pressure medication. I always have at least low level, mostly familiar, physical symptoms. Occasionally a new one appears. Sometimes it is scary. I could have sued any or all of my doctors over the last decade-plus. I could be "livin' large." They ...

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I have been doing health care research and advocacy for over 20 years. I've seen a lot of passion, anger, and rhetoric around the issues. The health care crisis is simple in that everyone needs health care. The question is what to do about it and who should pay for it. It's not an easy answer. For starters, we have turned into a culture of entitlement. This includes health care. It ...

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