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AuthorUpton, David. author
TitleMental Health Care and National Health Insurance [electronic resource] : A Philosophy of and an Approach to Mental Health Care for the Future / by David Upton
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1983
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Descript XXII, 312 p. online resource


The burial societies of the Romans were, essentially, private group insurance programs. So were the protection funds of medieval guilds. Largely through the efforts of labor unions, by 1968 more than two-thirds of the labor force in U.S. industry was covered by group life and health insurance plans mostly provided (as fringe benefits) by employers. Today the proportion is even higher, and the establishment of national health insurance, to be sponsored by government, is being debated in the halls of Congress. Complete medical care for the citizenry, with health professionals partly or wholly salaried by a government agency, is now standard in many counยญ tries, including those of eastern Europe, most of the British commonwealth (including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand), several Latin American countries, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, and of course China, the USSR, and eastern Europe. The major alternative scheme, in which the government provides reimbursement for private care, is employed by several other Westยญ ern nations, including Norway, Denmark, Austria, West Germany, and Spain. Both of these methods of government coverage exist for certain groups in the United States: the former for military personnel, service-connected or impecunious veterans, and the indigent mentally ill; the latter for those covยญ ered under the 1965 amendment to the Social Security Act. However, most health insurance in the United States is private, much of it operating on a group basis


The White Paper -- 1. Overview -- 2. Mental Illness/Emotional Problems: The Prevalence and the Cost -- 3. What Conditions Should be Covered? -- 4. Extent of Coverage; Liabilities of Limited Coverage -- 5. Who Should Provide Mental Health Care? -- 6. Mental Health Care and Its Relationship to General Medical- Surgical Care of the Future -- 7. The Poor Image of Psychotherapy as a Roadblock to Coverage: A Corrected View and Some Thoughts on Validation -- 8. Attitudes That Affect Mental Health Care Coverage; The Psychiatrist in Perspective -- 9. Epilogue: A Final Perspective -- Points of View -- 1. Richard H. Beinecke and Bertram S. Brown -- 2. Robert L. DuPont -- 3. Henry A. Foley -- 4. Robert W. Gibson -- 5. Milton Greenblatt -- 6. Zigmond M. Lebensohn -- 7. Judd Marmor -- 8. Phillip R. A. May -- 9. Mildred Mitchell-Bateman -- 10. Morris B. Parloff -- 11. Jack Weinberg and Theodora Fine

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