By Kenneth Davis
October 6, 2016

As a psychiatrist who has spent much of my career researching schizophrenia and other mental disorders, I am acutely aware of a major flaw in our health system: the need for behavioral health care far outweighs its availability, in part because our system does not value or pay for it on par with medical and surgical care. While this failure is understandable - it is difficult to operationalize and quantify measures of behavioral health parity within the existing health care reimbursement system, which is fundamentally based on a cost of care framework for physical health conditions - the consequences to individuals and society are devastating.