December 12, 2009

GEE, WHAT ARE THE ODDS?:

Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics (DUFF WILSON, 12/12/09, NY Times)

New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.

Those findings, by a team from Rutgers and Columbia, are almost certain to add fuel to a long-running debate. Do too many children from poor families receive powerful psychiatric drugs not because they actually need them — but because it is deemed the most efficient and cost-effective way to control problems that may be handled much differently for middle-class children?


To frame the question is to answer it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2009 8:09 PM
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