A Moment For Psychiatrists and the Health Insurance That Covers Them
A recent story in the Boston Globe, while sad, has given me a deeper appreciation of those health insurance companies that provide mental health coverage. During a therapy session at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bipolar Clinic, a patient with bipolar disorder stabbed his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist is recovering, thankfully; the patient was soon killed by a security guard after he failed to stop.
Many people forget that psychiatrists are also medical doctors that treat a variety of conditions and put themselves in harm’s way each day. While it appears that this particular patient was too far gone, millions of individuals with mental health disorders have seen significant improvements with the help of psychiatric treatment. People who need treatment are more likely to get it if they have health insurance with mental health coverage. There are insurance plans that cover most or all of the cost of psychiatric and therapy visits, as well as medications.
Please don’t wait to get help until it’s too late. If you or someone you love is struggling with paying for treatment of their mental illness, get a health insurance quote instead of giving up. I wish you the best of luck.
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