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Laypersons’ choices and deliberations for mental health coverage

Evans-Lacko, Sara ORCID: 0000-0003-4691-2630, Baum, Nancy, Danis, Marion, Biddle, Andrea and Goold, Susan (2013) Laypersons’ choices and deliberations for mental health coverage. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39 (3). pp. 158-169. ISSN 0894-587X

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10488-011-0341-4


Insurance coverage for mental health services has historically lagged behind other types of health services. We used a simulation exercise in which groups of laypersons deliberate about healthcare tradeoffs. Groups deciding for their ‘‘community’’ were more likely to select mental health coverage than individuals. Individual prioritization of mental health coverage, however, increased after group discussion. Participants discussed: value, cost and perceived need for mental health coverage, moral hazard and community benefit. A deliberative exercise in priority-setting led a significant proportion of persons to reconsider decisions about coverage for mental health services. Deliberations illustrated public-spiritedness, stigma and significant polarity of views.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 15:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:46

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