Posted By Ben Miller,
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Think about it.
the healthcare debate, after the healthcare debate and all in between,
there have been voices whispering (or yelling) their opinion on
healthcare.Nowhere is this more prevalent than in discussions around the
integration of mental health and primary care.
These are two worlds of healthcare delivery that are in desperate need to intersect.
are many voices speaking up on what they believe needs to be done, but
is the loudest voice getting the most attention? Is this an example of
challenging our ability to hear healthcare innovation? When resources
are scarce, does infighting and, in turn, wars start to trump the
mental health integration
not a topic discussed openly during the reform debate, it is an
underlying issue that, like the 400 pound purple gorilla in the room,
cannot be ignored.
time to harmonize. It is time to "clean out our ears” and start to
listen to the needs of the community. There is a broken system out there
that needs our attention. Mental health is in need of innovation.
Healthcare might be willing (and dare we say able?) to take on this task
of integrating mental health. What will this look like? How will we do
Innovate, but please don’t yell.
|Ben Miller is a daily blogger at
his tweets can be followed at @miller7. He is an Assistant Professor
in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado
Denver School of Medicine. He is the President-Elect of CFHA.|
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