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2 months ago

[Last Week Tonight with John Oliver] S09E18 - July 31, 2022 - Discussion Thread

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God we really need a single payer healthcare system.

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This show really could just be called "Things America fucks up badly, and how minorities are hurt the worst from it".

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Where's the lie?

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Where's the lie?

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I’m glad that they covered tonight’s topic on the show. Mental Healthcare is in bad place, even in California. There are plenty of things to change, especially Insurance Company accountability. The average pay for a Master’s level clinician working full time (20 clients, 15 hours admin, 5 hours self care) accepting most insurance companies in California is $48,000 per year. Well below what they deserve.

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Please tell me where I can work and only see 20 clients a week. Having scheduled time for notes and other paperwork is unheard of in the mental health field. That's why sessions are 53 minutes - you get a whole 7 minutes to do notes and run to the bathroom. There is NO concern for the clinician's "self-care". That's a big part of why people burn out so quickly and leave the field.

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God this hits home. My mental health was already bad but my anxiety got way worse during the pandemic. My friend recommended a therapist at college which helped a lot but I only got short sessions with her because she was the only good therapist at the school and there was a surge in people seeking it. Then after being diagnosed with OCD I graduated and while I’m still covered for a bit under the school’s provider it isn’t in network with the group I found so for now I’ve been paying out of pocket and it doesn’t seem likely to stop because my dad lost his job over the pandemic and I haven’t found one with benefits yet. Luckily my brother is making a lot more money so that’s something but still pretty bleak and even worse for those with a poorer family. And that’s before I get into how the pandemic exacerbated my family’s mental health issues. It’s really sad the movement for single payer seems to have lost steam as JO hilariously alluded to with that metaphor because mental health like the rest of the system seems so fucked up in so many ways that even some reforms seem unlikely to make a dent.

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I'm a middle manager in my 50s and considering going back for a MS to become a therapist, for all the "so many people need this" reasons given in the episode. I've been in therapy off and on for about 20 years to deal with just the shit that life throws my way, and I've come to think of it as like going to a personal trainer -- it helps teach the emotional and mental reactions that allow me to react better when something happens IRL, as well as unpacking my earlier life and relationship trauma. Therapy has changed my life for the better, and I've never even had a severe crisis.

I see a private therapist who doesn't take insurance at all. That allows her to spend her time treating patients, not arguing with insurance companies. She's encouraged me to do the same, but it perpetuates getting therapy only to those who can afford to pay for it out of pocket. I'm not willing to quit my nearly-six-figures management position to work for half that salary in a job that's a lot more emotionally taxing.

I'm going to keep this episode around to show to people who need to learn the basics. Good (but depressing) job, team!

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I’m an LCSW Social worker with a masters. I would have no problem moving to a rural area and serving the local population. The problem is, as pointed out, the pay is so shit I’m better off working for a health insurance as a case manager in an expensive city because this way at least I can pay my fucking bills.

Forgive my federal loans, help me buy a house Ala something like the GI bill, and pay me more than $40k a year and I would go in a heartbeat instead of living in a crappy apartment in Chicago making $75k working for evil incarnate insurance.

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Availability of appropriate resources

Before I became disabled, I was a college educated social worker. My pay was disgustingly low, I saw so many people burn out. It’s hard to help when your case loads are so big oh and you barely make enough to cover your student loan payments. 🤦‍♀️

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“TikTok is amazing and I hope it never dies.”

No. Fuck you John. TikTok is terrible for proper mental development… in an episode allegedly about mental health.

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There's good and bad things about it, like all social media. And in this day and age it's always going to be there or something else will take it's place.

But if you want to just watch cat videos you're not going to have a bad time vs looking up political commentary for example.

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I think “fuck you john” is a lil extreme for an app that replicates 99.9% of what most people on the internet do daily. Watch dumb shit.

Pick your battles man.

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The same could be said about reddit

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Just as I expected, this episode didn't mention how mental hospitals will hold people for as long as possible to get as much money from insurance as they can. The UHS Scandal is a prime example of this, they would just lie about patients being suicidal to hold them against their will. They had to pay a $117 million settlement to the Justice Department for fraudulent billing to Medicare and Medicaid. The guy from Anthem was right about mental hospitals holding people longer then medically necessary.

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"Tiktok is amazing"...ly bad for mental health. There, I fixed it, John. Otherwise good show.

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· 2 mo. ago
Official Raptor

I'm impressed that he used that clip of Liz Truss and not, from the same speech, the clip at the end of this video

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