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Jack Weinberg and Theodora Fine

  • Jack Weinberg
  • Theodora Fine

Abstract

This commentary both affirms many of the recommendations contained in Dr. Upton’s white paper and additionally attempts to paint a portrait of the prospective problems older population groups may face in the wake of a National Health Insurance program that fails to provide coverage for nervous, mental, or emotional disorders. While we accept as a given the fact that the elderly do not have exactly the same hopes, needs, abilities, or problems as any other generation of Americans, we do believe that some of the problems and, indeed, some of the recommendations contained herein will parallel those faced by all who, suffering from a mental disorder, will seek help under a future federal health insurance program that takes as its minimum benefit package today’s Medicare program. As the white paper notes, such is the case in nearly all of the major proposals considered in the 96th and 97th Congress

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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Weinberg
    • 1
  • Theodora Fine
    • 2
  1. 1.Illinois Mental Health InstitutesChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Government Relations, American Psychiatric AssociationUSA

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