"Kill two – uh, or nine – birds with one stone."
The P.S.Y.C.H. plan takes the American ideal of the right to choose and builds a health care delivery system around it. Better than any other plan thus far, P.S.Y.C.H. confronts the problems of the current system and places the American citizen in control.
The P.S.Y.C.H. plan:
Decreases health care costs
President Obama will be remembered as one of the best presidents this country has ever had. His Affordable Care Act, though a good attempt, it will ultimately fail because it does not decrease the cost of health care.
The P.S.Y.C.H. plan decreases costs because citizens in each state are able to set the costs annually and adjust them according to the needs of their populace without stifling competition and market forces.
Promotes personal responsibility and accountability
When you are spending your own money, you are the best financial gatekeeper.
P.S.Y.C.H. places control of health care costs directly into the hands of the citizens so that you know exactly what you have and what you can spend. By emphasizing personal fiscal responsibility, P.S.Y.C.H. teaches sound economic principles and reinforces the individual's role in keeping the system solvent.
Places equal emphasis on and improves mental health services
The mind and body are intimately connected in ways that we still don't quite understand. But we do know that unhealthy moods, feelings, and thoughts often have negative physical and social results.
P.S.Y.C.H. destigmatizes mental health treatment and makes it equivalent in value and access to the other pillars of medical care.
Provides immediate high quality local care to veterans
Access to health care should be equal. Despite the VA system's design to offer priority, high quality care to the veteran population alone, access and coverage are more convoluted than every.
The P.S.Y.C.H. system provides comprehensive care for veterans, particularly in reimbursing therapies (trauma-focused, EMDR, and PTSD) that treat the whole person, not just their symptoms.
Empowers patient decision-making
P.S.Y.C.H. members will have the ability to make fully informed decisions about their health care. The plan promotes health education, which empowers patients to prevent illness because it directly saves them money that they can use for other expenses.
Eliminates employer coverage
Job mobility is important to us, and not being able to pursue our dreams because we're "locked into a job for the benefits" flies in direct opposition to the American ideal.
When we can finally eliminate forced payments by employers and employees to increasingly costly health plans, we eliminate financial stress on both ends. Employers can increase hiring and employees can have the ability to pursue their true career goals.
Rehabilitates our troubled foster care system
Children in our foster care system have fundamental disruptions in their attachment to adults. And since those attachments form the very foundation and guide for every relationship that comes thereafter, foster kids are especially vulnerable to mental illness.
The P.S.Y.C.H. system provides comprehensive care for these kids, particularly in reimbursing therapies (trauma-focused and attachment therapies) to help with treating the whole child, not just their behaviors.
Eliminates perverse incentives
Our current system rewards doing more procedures, more documentation, and more visits because the reimbursement paradigm rewards illness and does not assert proactive and preventative care.
The P.S.Y.C.H. system eliminates perverse incentives through transparent pricing, streamlined documentation, more equal consideration between mental and physical health, and deemphasizing private insurance altogether.
Normalizes social expectations of access to quality healthcare
Imagine a society of healthy adults who only know a time of transparent access to the best quality health care in the world. These adults would have basic skills for self-treatment of physical and emotional illness and know how to find, access, and afford care when needed.
The sacrifice, tough decisions, and determination that the P.S.Y.C.H. plan requires are seeds that will bear the future. Imagine your child not having to worry about health care coverage when they are in college or starting their first job. It's possible. We just have to will it – and legislate it.