Mental Health: US vs UK

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin this fall in the United States, with the health care exchange signups at the state level. So it’s a good time to pause and reflect. What would an ideal American mental health system eventually look like, and could we get an idea or two from our friends? (We will not be fully serving the mental health needs of the U.S by 2014, when the law becomes operational, but we will be much closer than before.)

There are definite distinctions between the two countries, something those in positions of policy and advocacy in both systems certainly refer to and highlight.

Every person in the U.K. indeed has some form of health coverage. (This in itself, even before dissecting mental health services, is of course distinctive and cannot be stressed enough.) Their definition of health coverage, more to the point, has included mental health.

by Lisa Miles, PsychCentral

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