Health care? Or lack thereof?

The two first words of this letter need to be defined by the state for providers, and for those receiving the alleged “care” from providers.

“Health” is rather broad when considering the overall well-being of individuals and their surroundings. Here is where systems run by people, for people, need to be collaborative for problem-solving, as exhibited in many cases – including but not limited to a Nov. 15 front-page article, “Psychiatric confinement no easy task.”

When individuals go into hospitalization and/or incarceration, this is considered to be a crisis in the mental health field, and it becomes an opportunity for treatment from a collaborative approach of biopsychosocial care providers addressing physical and mental health.

The “no easy task” comes from the “care,” or lack thereof, because it is such a temptation to pass the buck when reimbursement, not “rights,” becomes the primary focus as opposed to treatment.

Here is where primary care providers get the opportunity to work with mental health providers concerning long(er) treatment if and when appropriate, as opposed to maybe simply a “pill” that easily wears off in the time frame discussed in the Nov. 15 article, so the client no longer meets the requirements to stay hospitalized.

Greg R. Stacy


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