Hurdles Leave Many Marylanders without Access to Needed Psychiatric Services

A new report finds that inaccurate listings and long wait times prevent many Marylanders from getting psychiatric care.  

Marylanders seeking psychiatric services can face significant hurdles, delaying or preventing them from getting the care they need, a new report from The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) concludes.

The report, Access to Psychiatrists in 2014 Qualified Health Plans, written by The Maryland Parity Project, details the difficulties Marylanders encounter when they attempt to contact psychiatrists or make an appointment. MHAMD performed this study to assess the accuracy and adequacy of the psychiatric networks of commercial insurers. The 2014 Qualified Health Plans (QHP) sold through the Maryland Health Connection were chosen for analysis because they are the only network listings that are public. Researchers spent six months attempting to contact psychiatrists to determine their availability and whether they were taking new patients. 

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Listen to this excellent radio piece from Maryland Morning about the report.