Mental Health Care and National Health Insurance

A Philosophy of and an Approach to Mental Health Care for the Future

  • David Upton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. The White Paper

  3. Points of View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Richard H. Beinecke, Bertram S. Brown
      Pages 167-204
    3. Robert L. DuPont
      Pages 205-206
    4. Henry A. Foley
      Pages 207-215
    5. Robert W. Gibson
      Pages 217-226
    6. Milton Greenblatt
      Pages 227-239
    7. Zigmond M. Lebensohn
      Pages 241-252
    8. Judd Marmor
      Pages 253-256
    9. Philip R. A. May
      Pages 257-259
    10. Mildred Mitchell-Bateman
      Pages 261-268
    11. Morris B. Parloff
      Pages 269-286
    12. Jack Weinberg, Theodora Fine
      Pages 287-303
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-312

About this book


The burial societies of the Romans were, essentially, private group insurance programs. So were the protection funds of medieval guilds. Largely through the efforts of labor unions, by 1968 more than two-thirds of the labor force in U.S. industry was covered by group life and health insurance plans mostly provided (as fringe benefits) by employers. Today the proportion is even higher, and the establishment of national health insurance, to be sponsored by government, is being debated in the halls of Congress. Complete medical care for the citizenry, with health professionals partly or wholly salaried by a government agency, is now standard in many coun­ tries, including those of eastern Europe, most of the British commonwealth (including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand), several Latin American countries, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, and of course China, the USSR, and eastern Europe. The major alternative scheme, in which the government provides reimbursement for private care, is employed by several other West­ ern nations, including Norway, Denmark, Austria, West Germany, and Spain. Both of these methods of government coverage exist for certain groups in the United States: the former for military personnel, service-connected or impecunious veterans, and the indigent mentally ill; the latter for those cov­ ered under the 1965 amendment to the Social Security Act. However, most health insurance in the United States is private, much of it operating on a group basis.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David Upton
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Fort BelvoirUnited States Army Mental Health ClinicUSA
  2. 2.Los Angeles County Community Mental Health Center SystemsUSA

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