Mental illness or brain injury is responsible for devastating the lives of many innocent people. I see it OVER and OVER again.
Our focus as a society is wrong!
Regardless of whether we are dealing with mental illness or brain injury- we should provide adequate and ongoing treatment to people who need it.
We need to be proactive- not reactive.
Unfortunately insurance companies represent a major stumbling block for people battling with brain injury and psychiatric illness. Insurance companies are not concerned with the quality of care but only about the bottom line… money.
There is a direct relationship between socioeconomic factors and quality of care. Only those individuals, who can afford to pay for private doctors, get needed support. If you have a decent insurance plan, you have a better chance of succeeding. If you are poor, you are not going to get the help you need.
Occasionally, rather than getting the appropriate treatment, patients will get the option that best satisfies the greed of the insurance plans. Admittedly, I have seen colleagues and fellow psychologists also exploit the system so they can get paid.
From my standpoint, as a therapist, this makes me very angry. I would like nothing more than to provide people with quality care and not let insurance companies dictate what I should do.
I simply don’t get it!! Brain injuries and psychiatric disorders are both permanent disabling conditions. Individuals with these problems require ongoing help during the course of their life span.
We do not question the need of diabetics requiring life-long insulin injections. For the same reason, we should not have to fight with insurance companies to treat individuals with brain injuries and psychiatric disorders.