July 31, 2023
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • Americans of all ages are seeking far more mental-health care for conditions including anxiety, depression, and substance-use problems. UnitedHealth Group said the percentage of people getting psychological visits and other services was up by double digits just since last year, and it believes the shift represents a long-term change. The company said people feel increasingly comfortable seeking help for behavioral-health issues, but it sees a continuing shortage of mental-health-care providers that is leading to problems with access. The rising use of behavioral-health care was one driver of higher health care costs flagged by the company during a call discussing its second-quarter financial results, which beat analysts’ expectations overall. (Article here)