The Kaiser Family Foundation, one of the foremost health care policy information sources anywhere, has published a most useful report on the financing of American mental health system. Working closely as we do with families navigating the maelstrom of mental illness, we find this report very helpful in understanding the framework of the mental health system in this country, something that every family member must sooner or later master. Written by Kaiser healthcare analyst Rachel Garfield, the report shows, for instance, how important Medicaid and Medicare have become to funding mental health care. These (and other) public sources represent 61% of all mental health expenditures. The report also describes at a high level the sources and uses of such funding, as well as the eligibility, coverage benefits, and specific program financing of each. Mental Health Financing in the United States makes for an excellent subsequent summary resource to explain much of what is behind “The System” as seen from a family perspective (see PsychOdyssey 101: “The System”).
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