Most Americans List Lack of Insurance Coverage & Cost as Top Reasons For Not Seeking Mental Health Services
Insurance coverage problems and costs supplant stigma as the number one obstacle to accessing mental health services according to a survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association.
Americans say it’s lack of insurance coverage (87%) or cost (81%) that most keeps them from seeing a mental health professional with 65% citing lack of insurance coverage as a very important reason for not seeking treatment.
Survey results also show that 85% of Americans say health insurance should cover mental health services and that 97% of Americans believe access to mental health services is important with nearly three in four considering such services very important, on par with dental care.
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Grohol, J. (2004). Most Americans List Lack of Insurance Coverage & Cost as Top Reasons For Not Seeking Mental Health Services. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 11, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2004/06/28/most-americans-list-lack-of-insurance-coverage-cost-as-top-reasons-for-not-seeking-mental-health-services/