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Bosnjak 1 Jessica Bosnjak Professor Addison English 102, Section 025 10 March, 2012 Healthcare Does Not Always Care For anyone who has ever had to watch someone they know suffer through a mental disorder, they know exactly how difficult of time it can be. Not only does life become so much more emotionally daunting as you watch that person fall deeper into illness, but it also escalates into a whirlwind of paper work and bills. Insurance companies are supposed to be there for those who are going through such times, but they rarely do enough to provide proper treatment for the patient. One illness that is particularly ignored by insurance companies is eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders are all recognized as legitimate psychological disorders, but it is still difficult for those with these illnesses to get proper coverage through insurance. More often than not, psychologists and families have to go through multiple interviews to even be considered for coverage. Insurance companies need to improve coverage for those with eating disorders in order to reduce the death rate of those who suffer. It is estimated that five to ten million people in the United States (Manning) alone have some form of an eating disorder, yet only some states are required by law to have insurance companies provide some type of coverage for these diseases. The reason behind why insurance companies do not offer as much coverage as they should is because anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are not considered to be “biological” mental illnesses; they are seen as “behavioral health conditions.” According to Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, all eating disorders are serious biological illnesses that must be treated with a
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Bosnjak 2 combination of medicine and psychotherapy. Insurance companies refute such statements by saying that because there is no standard prescribed treatment, they have the right to determine whether or not a doctor’s recommendation is sufficient (Manning). Insurance companies also believe that inpatient treatment for eating disorders is ineffective, so they refuse to provide coverage (Pollack). The insurance company Atena argues that most anorexics can be treated with outpatient care and the effectiveness of inpatient programs need to be validated by well-organized studies. One residential treatment program that was mentioned in particular by Atena was the Mandometer treatment program. A study was conducted to test how well the patients undergoing treatment would recover. The study proved that seventy-five percent of the patients were recovered after attending this program. After a
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