Gender Inequality In Health Care

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Over one in five Americans experience diagnosed mental health, and less than half of them get treated (Hyde n.p.). It is unacceptable to allow so many citizens to suffer from illness and not get treated the same as physical illnesses do. The prejudice against mental illness along with the lack of insurance coverage is inadmissible and inhumane. Mental illness can ruin lives, and simple insurance coverage can save them. Health insurance coverage over mental illness should be accessible to all.
Specifically, poverty is one large barrier in health care for all. As a result of insufficient finances, Deneice Valentine, a women with anxiety and depression issues, was not able to receive the help she needed and ended up losing all custody privileges
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For example, if Deneice Valentine had the treatment that she needed, she would have no problem keeping a steady job and caring for her children, as she did before burdened with mental illness (Cohn A1+). This doesn't only affect Deneice. Mental disease can start even earlier than 14. This creates intense obstacles for youth trying to study and create a future (Cohn A1+). If support starts in the early days, insurance companies can help people before they reach the point when there is no turning back. By the time insurance companies provide help to the sick, many people have grown deep in their mental illness even to the point of an incurable state. Many attribute shootings and mass killings to this fact. For example, the Tuscan killings may have been avoided if the mentally ill killers had the help they needed (Ollove, "Easiest" n.p.). Not only is mental health care saving the person, but it can also save the lives around them. As one author, Pamela Hyde, expresses beautifully, "Recovery from mental illness and addiction-through access to medical and other treatments and supports-should be the expectation in America, not the exception" (Hyde n.p.). With 43 million adults suffering from mental illness, insurance companies still rob our citizens of our right to mental health …show more content…
This is a major concern for all advocates of equal mental health care. When expanding on the issue, it is clear that overall, companies and states would benefit profitably from health care expansion. Overall, mental disorders lose $171 billion of the U.S.'s money (Cohn A1+). This is due to the fact that insurance companies will only provide beneficial health care once the illness is severe (Ollove, "Despite" n.p.). It is also proven that when mental illness is treated before stage 4, it can be helped much easier, quicker, and cheaper, in turn saving the country and insurance companies money (Murthy n.p.). In addition, many people suffering from mental illness can't function in their job, school, etc. Because of this, the economy can feel the burden of untreated mental illness. Studies show that diagnosis and treatment have an economic return of $7 for every $1. With this incredible rate, it is confirmed that the "loss" that insurance companies would feel from providing equal coverage is really no loss. Insurance companies could benefit from expanding coverage and fueling the economy, without much

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