Healthcare is terrible, mental healthcare is worse

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 1:40 PM | comments: 0

It's pretty obvious that I'm passionate about proper mental healthcare. Everyone has their shit, but few are equipped (read: makes enough money) to address it with professionals. Money is only half the problem though, as the other part is that there isn't enough care to go around.

Most of the good therapists have a wait list, and that's especially nuts when you consider few accept insurance. Specialists are impossible. We're getting Simon screened for dysgraphia, and after initial consideration, then "approval" for an initial screen, he won't get the full 4-hour diagnostic for another six months. I'm furious and it doesn't matter because there's no alternative. Experts are in too short supply. The worst part is that he'll already have two months of school behind him by then.

Science is extraordinary, and despite the human ability to leverage it to better everyone's lives, society does not make it a moral imperative to see it applied to all. Covid made this so obvious, as levels of care and mortality favored urban, well-off people. And in the greatest irony, it disfavored the people so completely against making healthcare into something closer to universal.

Everyone understands what the problem is, and how to solve it, but no one is willing to actually do it. And it's mostly an American phenomenon.


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