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The Medically Indigent Mentally Ill: Approaches to Financing
Richard G. Frank
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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This research was supported by grants MH43703 and MH42338 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The author is grateful to Carl Taube for useful discussion of the issues contained in this paper. Any errors are the responsibility of the author.

Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21205

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Dr. Sharfstein's Introduction: Most mentally ill individuals do not have adequate insurance coverage for necessary treatment either in a hospital or in an outpatient setting. This problem has reached crisis proportions in the United States with the scaling down of public mental health systems and strong efforts by all payers to moderate overall medical costs. This month's column argues for an aggressive, revitalized public role in securing mental illness benefits, enforcing quality standards, and encouraging the most severely mentally ill to participate in treatment programs. Treatment for the mentally ill poor must be a major issue for the new Congress and administration.

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