To lend weight to that claim, the organization turned to Milliman Research and conducted its own survey, releasing both reports last week regarding the disparity, according to a news release from the Minnesota office of NAMI.
According to the NAMI survey:
• More than one out of three respondents with private insurance had difficulty finding a mental health therapist, compared with 13 percent struggling to find a medical specialist.
• More than one out of four people receiving mental health therapy used an out-of-network therapist, compared with 7 percent turning to an out-of-network medical specialist.
According to the Milliman Research report:
• Psychiatrists are paid less than primary care doctors and medical specialists for the same types of services.
• In 2015, 18.7 percent of individuals received outpatient behavioral care, a rate more than five times higher than for primary care services.
“The inequities for people seeking mental health care are real,” said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota in the news release. “And this means that people with mental illnesses aren’t getting the care they deserve.”
Edible marijuana concerns emergency docs
A birthday party in the San Francisco area went awry when 21 adults and children were sent to hospitals after eating marijuana-infused candy.
So reports the American College of Emergency Physicians in its journal Annals of Emergency Medicine.
A news release from the professional group warns of the dangers posed by edible marijuana, especially to children.
Many candies or baked products containing THC — a key ingredient in cannabis — look like familiar commercially available products such as gummies, according to the news release. In adults, high doses of cannabis can be associated with paranoia, reduced motor function and other symptoms, according to a study published in the journal. A majority of children experience abnormal vision, dizziness