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Introduction to Healthcare

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.

Welcome to our Healthcare topic center. In this area, you will find references and information concerning important topics such as health insurance, mental health advocacy, the mental health professions (psychiatry, psychology, social work, etc.), and various treatments and interventions (e.g., medications and psychotherapy).

The healthcare system in the United States has and continues to undergo significant change. The advent and widespread adoption of managed care over the past 30 years has completely changed how health treatments are paid for. Rapid advances in technology and pharmacology have contributed to rising health care costs. While employed persons are still reasonably sure of having access to care, the poor and unemployed are often not so lucky. The Affordable Care Act was passed to address some of these issues, but there is still a long way to go. These significant changes in how health care is delivered have made life difficult for all.

It is important to know as much about how the healthcare system works as possible if one is to get the best possible care for ones self. Use the following resources to explore the world of healthcare; what treatments are available, who provides them, and how they get paid for. Also check out our advocacy center because your voice can help make the difference between access to care or no care at all.

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