The Cost of Private-Practice Psychiatry under National Health Insurance

  • Thomas G. McGuire
Part of the Springer Series on Industry and Health Care book series (SSIND, volume 9)

Abstract

National health insurance (NHI) will not simply redistribute the burden of medical expenses from the sick to the general taxpayer. With the insurance subsidy to demand, more people will seek more care than ever before. Investigation of the impact of NHI on the practice of psychiatry is particularly important since coverage for this specialty varies so much among the proposed NHI bills. Senator Edward Kennedy’s proposal, introduced in fall 1978 to the Senate’s health subcommittee, essentially excludes the private practice of psychiatry from coverage under NHL Other proposals have been more generous. The Health Care Insurance Act proposes unlimited coverage for the private practice of psychiatry.

Keywords

Insurance Coverage Income Expense 

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