Where is behavioral health care headed?

Robert K. Schreter

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Behavioral health care costs are again increasing at an alarming rate, highlighting the fact that managed behavioral health care organizations are no longer accomplishing cost containment. Consumers and payers are not satisfied with behavioral health care quality, access, and outcomes. In addition, investor profits are declining. This article highlights several proposed solutions to improve the behavioral health care system. Health care financing reform, redesigning clinical care and clinical services, and structural/system changes are among the solutions. There is no way to know what direction behavioral health care will turn, but it is likely that one or more, of these solutions will shape the future of behavioral health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalDrug Benefit Trends
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cost containment
  • Health care reform
  • Managed behavioral health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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