OT- Where are the doctors?
I’ve said before I work in mental health. I spend day in day out helping others deal with whatever crap they have to. I do this because I honestly love my job but of course it can had a negative impact on you. On top of this I had a DNA / environmental soup growing up that wasn’t exactly perfect.
Here’s the thing that really bothers me. I work in a hospital, in a mental health ward, and I have company provided insurance. Guess what I can’t do…. That’s right I can’t even access the same care my patients get.
GP’s don’t want to touch my mental health issues. They don’t want to prescribe my medication to start with let alone tweak it to work better. Hey I understand and personally I don’t want them trying either but when I call my insurance help line they want to send me to a place that is 3 hours away. I’m not exaggerating. The only other option they give me for where I live is a walk in clinic that doesn’t actually have appointments and is part of the reason we have such a high return rate. It takes over 6 weeks to actually get in with a DOCTOR during which you HAVE to speak with their rotating staff of bearly out of school social workers to do “therapy”. For those who don’t know when you leave acute care the doctor gives you a 30 supply of medication. That means our clients go out and CAN’T get their medication refilled through this location.
This isn’t a new issue but it’s sickening. I think EVERYONE should have access to the medical care they need be it mental or physical but isn’t is disturbing that the person who’s supposed to be treating you can’t even get treatment themselves?
Despite living in one of the most populated locations in my state there is a severe shortage of psychiatrist. Then on top of it my insurance won’t cover the few there.