Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports Americans Less Willing to Pay for Mental Health Care

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Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that American are less willing to pay for prevention of mental health conditions than they are physical conditions.

In order for the public to recognize the urgency in treatment and prevention of mental illness, we need to continue to change public attitudes and perceptions through education.

Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of mental health treatment in Michigan, recently reported on the results of a Stony Brook University School of Medicine study which found that Americans are less willing to pay to avoid mental illness versus paying to prevent medical conditions that don’t have a mental component. The study, which tracked a national sample of 710 adults in the US, found that even though participants recognized mental illness as being more of a burden overall than other medical conditions, they were willing to pay 40% less to avoid mental illness as opposed to what they would be willing to pay to avoid medical illnesses.

As reported by the mental health providers at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, the results of Stony Brook’s study confirms that Americans still have a ways to go when it comes to fully understanding the impact that mental illness has on our lives and our health. According to Dr. Smith, lead author of the study, “Our results showed that participants understood that mental illness clearly has a very negative impact on quality of life, yet were significantly not as willing to pay for treatments for these illnesses.” Smith, the Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook, added, “The findings mirror the general pattern of health care spending, with less resources going to treat mental illness than might be expected given the overall level of burden they impose on society.

According to Lori Edelson, clinic spokesperson, “This latest research indicates a strong need to bridge the gap between mental health and health conditions that don’t include a mental component. In order for the public to recognize the urgency in treatment and prevention of mental illness, we need to continue to change public attitudes and perceptions through education.”

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan since for over 30 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit http://www.birminghammaple.com.

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