February 25, 2013

Addiction is second-class citizen in U.S. health-care

A really great editorial from the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Take a look at these strong insights and powerful research into how health care for addictions is treated differently than any other illnesses in our country; and how insurers are getting away with selling us short.

“Diseases afflicting the body — diabetes, heart disease, cancer — have clear paths for treatment, as recommended by your physician. Depending on your policy, doctors and insurers might quibble over details, but care is typically covered. Addiction, on the other hand, is stigmatized as a personality weakness. Just as marijuana’s medicinal value was ignored because pot’s illegal, the perception of people addicted to drugs such as heroin is clouded by law, too.” Full editorial: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/02/the_addicts_stigma_perception.html

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