April 10, 2008

Ways in which New York City sucks - health care version

I understand the legal requirements of the warning, but still. When you call a mental health care professional because another mental health care professional who diagnosed you with a critical problem due to depression referred you, having the second doc refer you to his assistant whose job is to say "You do understand that the doctor does not take health insurance and the fee for consultation is $400" is not likely to make me willfully enter treatment.

The only thing I can think of is rent, honestly. I just left Boston, where the average hourly rate for psychiatric services in private practice seemed to bounce between $125 and $175 depending on where in the metro area you were. Maybe there are, indeed, fewer mental docs per capita in New York, and this is a purely market-based difference.

But, I mean, *fuck*.

Posted by jbz at April 10, 2008 3:05 PM | TrackBack

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