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Has anyone considered the PRICE of Mental Health care?

... and its role in the latest tragedy?

How many of you have ever had mental health issues? Did you think your received competent, compassionate care? I know I sure didn't. Have you ever had to pay for Psych medications? I have, and all I can say is THANK GOODNESS I have health insurance. Had I be paying out of pocket, for 2 medications for 1 month it was OVER $500! Diseases like schizophrenia usually require 3-5 different medications daily and WAY more health care visits to get regulated/under control. And, that is IF they can even get under control, all things considered.

Anyhow, the media seems to be missing the proverbial boat when it comes to another big reason, IMHO, tragedies like this continue to happen. I am NOT saying they could be completely avoided, just lessened tremendously.

 
JZ10FPM

Asked by JZ10FPM at 10:54 AM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)
  • OP, I for one, understand your line of questioning. The shooting has put a spotlight on mental health.

    zebbiebug

    Answer by zebbiebug at 11:14 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • The cost is ridiculous. However, he did not seek help and, even though it appears that several other people realized that there was something wrong, nobody did anything.
    TARARENEE

    Answer by TARARENEE at 11:06 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I seriously doubt Loughner would've volunteered for a psych exam if only it had been cheaper.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:00 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Some are saying that legally speaking, there wasn't anything that could have stopped it.


    This whole tragedy is full of "could have, would have, should have".

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:34 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • and its role in the latest tragedy?

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    not sure what that role was.(?)
    If the parents could afford to put him in college and his own apartment, they could afford mental health services for their son.
    If dad could afford to be drunk on a regular basis, they could afford some meds.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:00 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • The mentally ill rarely volunteer for services. That is why they need an advocate, be it parents or someone else in their life.
    Comment by JZ10FPM

    Very true, OP. But nobody stepped up to be his advocate.

    TARARENEE

    Answer by TARARENEE at 11:07 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • O'connor vs Donaldson IMO needs to be revised or looked at again.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:05 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • And many friends and others too, zebbiebug.
    TARARENEE

    Answer by TARARENEE at 11:20 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • http://www.stanford.edu/group/psylawseminar/O%27Connor.htm


    had he been confined, he would have the state right to treatment.

    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:23 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • But the fact remains that NOBODY bothered to help him.
    TARARENEE

    Answer by TARARENEE at 11:25 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

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