For those who thought insurance companies are in it to provide excellent healthcare……you were wrong.
“US Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero issued his decision Tuesday against United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, saying the insurer created internal policies that effectively discriminated against those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment.”
“”It is well-established that effective treatment of mental health and substance use disorders includes treatment aimed at preventing relapse or deterioration of the patient’s condition and maintaining the patient’s level of functioning. UBH Guidelines deviate from that standard,” Spero said”
Medicynical notes: Given a choice between enhanced profits or funding excellent care, the private insurer’s policy was programmed to choose the former. After all it’s their their fiduciary responsibility.