National health insurance: Inclusion of mental health care and clinical psychology

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Mental health benefits can and should be included in any national health insurance (NHI) plan. The field of clinical psychology is also under pressure to demonstrate the necessity for inclusion in any NHI plan as an autonomous mental health service provider. Arguments from both sides of the issue, psychiatry and clinical psychology, are examined. Data lead to the conclusion that clinical psychology must be included, free from medical supervision and referral, in any NHI plan. (41 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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