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Health Aff (Millwood). 1999 Sep-Oct;18(5):7-21.

Mission unfulfilled: potholes on the road to mental health parity.

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  • 1Rutgers University, USA.


Managed care holds the promise of facilitating parity between general medical care and alcohol, drug, and mental health care by reducing expenditures, even while expanding benefits. Limitations in our knowledge of variations in needs and treatment standards for substance use and psychiatric illnesses make such disorders an easy target for management. Costs for behavioral health care services have been reduced at a faster pace than has been the case for general medical care costs. The most severely ill face the potential burdens of managed care as access and intensity of care become more uniform across patient populations.

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