Harvard Study Finds Limited Access To Psychiatric Care In Boston

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Here's the latest dispatch from a health care system in need of repair: if you need psychiatric care — or if you're trying to help a family member get it — it's a challenge in Boston.

A new study by Harvard Medical School finds that even people with first-rate private health insurance have trouble reaching a psychiatrist, making an appointment, or even getting a call back.

The researchers published their report in Psychiatric Services, and say their findings add to growing evidence that the mental health system is difficult for many people to access and in need of a major overhaul.


Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

Dr. Wesley Boyd, attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School faculty member and senior author of a new study that found limited access to psychiatric care in Boston, Chicago and Houston. He tweets @JWesleyBoydMD.


The Boston Globe: Psychiatric Appointments Difficult To Get In Boston, Study Finds

  • "Many people in large cities including Boston have a hard time getting an appointment for psychiatric care, even if they have private insurance, a new study by Harvard researchers found."

WBUR: Study Finds It’s Difficult To Get Psychiatric Care Around Boston

  • "A study by Harvard Medical School researchers finds that even people with excellent private health insurance have trouble getting psychiatric care in Greater Boston."

This segment aired on October 20, 2014.


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