Huffington Post: Kaiser Permanente Makes Billions In Profits While Overburdening Staff
November 15th, 2011
November 14, 2011
By Alexander Eichler
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Kaiser Permanente, one of the country’s largest health care organizations, is providing rushed and sloppy mental health treatment in California by an overburdened staff — even though the company makes billions in profits, according to a new report.
In California, where Kaiser operates dozens of hospitals and hundreds of clinics, patients seeking treatment for mental health conditions are sometimes made to wait weeks for appointments, in violation of state law, a report from National Union of Healthcare Workers finds. When they finally get to see a doctor, they often receive brief consultations that only last half as long as the the recommended minimum amount of time, according to the report. And many patients end up in group therapy settings when one-on-one sessions with a clinician would be more appropriate.
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