For drug and alcohol addicts, getting treatment and help determines how long they stay alive. If an addict has no insurance, the only option is a state funded, or public rehab. Obviously, a private rehab is better, as long as the patient has insurance and enough money to pay what insurance does not cover. It takes a lot of time to be accepted into a public rehab since waiting lists are so long. Because of rehabs not being completely covered under insurance, and the ones that are less expensive having extremely long waiting lists, a lot of addicts get no treatment and can end up dying.
This article supports my claim because it is an actual rehab, which shows what rehabs are covered by insurance, and why or why they're not covered. This particular rehab needs to have insurance, and a physician recommendation. Almost all private Pennsylvania rehabs are under Act 106, saying that some parts of rehab are covered. But, like my claim many people using this rehab believe insurance should cover most if not all rehab fees. Overall, this article shows what is and what is not covered.
This is an anecdote which shows a real life example of my claim. Heroin use has drastically gone up in the United States, and it has affected many people. Even the smartest students have been hurt by it. Antony became addicted to drugs, and went to 3 different rehabs. The 3rd one was a 21 day treatment because insurance wouldn't cover any more, even though Anthony wasn't ready to leave yet. Because of this, Anthony later overdosed on heroin. Addiction is not being treated like a disease by insurance companies and many lives are being lost because of it.
This article supports my claim because it shows the reader how much going to rehab really costs. It explains how getting no treatment won't help the addict at all. The cost of rehabs should not get in the way of wanting to get better, so if the patient has insurance, everything needed to improve their situation should be mostly covered by their insurance company. The article shows how inpatient recovery works much better than outpatient because all the patients focus should be put into recovery, distractions will not help the patient. Although rehab can be very expensive, not getting any help will only make the situation worse which is why rehab should be covered by insurance.
This article supports my claim because it states that like a sickness that needs treatment and is covered under insurance, the same thing needs to be done in drug rehabs. It explains how drug addiction can be treated, and how it often takes longer to end drug addiction than insurance companies and treatment centers think. It gives specific examples of medication such as acamprosate and naltrexone. It also gives examples of good types of rehab such as outpatient behavioral treatment and inpatient/residential treatments.