Glaring Omission in Pediatric Healthcare

This weekend The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ran a front page, top-of-the-fold, story of how Georgia’s mental health system is failing kids. This story highlighted how Children Healthcare of Atlanta is building a $1.5 billion 14-story state-of-the-art hospital that will not have a single psychiatry bed. Coincidentally, the NY Times 18-page opinion section also focused on America’s mental health crisis.

Related article from AJC (Dec 2021): Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta amasses immense wealth as some Georgia families struggle to access quality pediatric care

My take: Mental health issues are clearly NOT prioritized in many health care systems/providers nor by payers.

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2 thoughts on “Glaring Omission in Pediatric Healthcare

    • I think reimbursement is a big factor. I would argue that CHOA (like many pediatric hospitals) has a tremendous capability for fundraising that could offset losses and that it has an inherent mission as a non-profit to direct some of its resources to benefit the community.

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