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    Ben Mullings

    Mental health care is greatly affected by the recent swathe of cuts mentioned above. There’s plenty of research showing that the psychological treatment of mental health disorders is a cost effective treatment. Funding was cut for Medicare supported psychological care in 2011, with most of it redirected to far more expensive treatment programs. A lot of the funds were shifted across to other ‘services’ entirely, away from psychotherapy. This shift in funding puts the emphasis on medication, particularly for disadvantaged populations who rely on Medicare. With only ten appointments covered via Medicare, it is those who are least able to afford psychological care who are hardest hit by these cuts.

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