Hasan Minhaj on Accessing Mental Health Care

Blew me away when Minhaj highlighted Monica Malowney’s and my study findings from 2015 (12 minutes into his show and then again in the middle of the 18th minute) in which we called 360 psychiatrists in 3 US cities, about how hard it is to access mental health care, even when people have supposedly “good” insurance. I’ve been making jokes myself about jewelry stores and McDonald’s ever since we published our study. PS If you haven’t seen Minhaj’s Homecoming King it is brilliant.

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Trump Endorsed a Risky Antidepressant for Veterans. Lawmakers Want to Know if His Mar-a-Lago Pals Had a Stake in the Drugmaker

I think Isaac Arnsdorf did an excellent job highlighting some concerning aspects of Spravato’s approval process within the FDA and also what has happened since it hit the market. His piece is here.

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SAMHSA nationwide database of buprenorphine providers is rife with wrong numbers and practices that don’t prescribe the medication

Here’s the story in the Globe:

And here is the piece Lila Flavin and I wrote for STAT news.

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Response in the Globe to my letter about difficulties in accessing mental health care

Here is a response to my recent letter in the Boston Globe.

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Insurers’ profit motive makes it hard for his patients to get care they need

The Boston Globe published a letter of mine available here. In it I state that as a frontline clinician “my greatest impression of insurance companies is that their profit motive makes it hard for my patients to receive the care they need.”

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Doctors Pay up or Else Can’t Work

My latest on Psychology Today is here about the coercion and extortion many doctors face if they want to be able to continue practicing medicine.

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PHPs and the ADA

Co-author Nicholas Lawson does it again with a letter in the Annals of Internal Medicine decrying the American College of Physicians position statement on physician impairment, which strikes us as flouting the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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PBS Story on Lack of availability of Child Psychiatric Services

This PBS story is based on a paper just published that documents the geographical distribution of child psychiatrists in the US. Not surprisingly, they are located in urban areas with high levels of education and income. Colleagues and I had previously documented how difficult it is to obtain appointments with child psychiatrists around the country and this new story adds depth to the total picture about the lack of availability of these services. You can find the PBS story here.

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Begging for Ukraine to Collude in Tampering with our Next Election . . .

The President’s personal lawyer, in essence, said “Hell yes!” about asking Ukraine to investigate Biden. How else to call such an act? https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2019/09/20/ukraine-center-intelligence-complaint/I2GAoxfabPn7nbgxKPw2TJ/story.html

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Doctors and Nurses Addicted to Opioids Are Often Barred from the Most Effective Treatment

Kudos to Emma Yasinski for this piece about depriving healthcare workers of the most effective treatment for opioid dependence.

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