- In 2009-2010 in the United States, only 55% of psychiatrists versus 89% of physicians accepted private non-capitated health insurance (Bishop et al., 2014). This percentage of psychiatrists was down 17% from 2005-2006. The percentage of psychiatrists who accepted Medicare in 2009-2010 was 55% versus 86% for other physicians, down 19.5% from 2005-2006. Medicaid? 43% versus 73%, but unchanged from 2005-2006. Only dermatologists had a lower rate of Medicaid acceptance than psychiatrists.
- More than one-half of individuals with a mental illness do not receive any mental health services (SAMSHA, 2012).
- Medicaid is the largest payer of mental health services in the United States.
- More than three-quarters of US counties have a severe shortage of psychiatrists (Thomas et al., 2009).
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