Insurance companies penalize women with postpartum depression
New guidelines from the USPSTF recommend that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression. Fantastic! This recommendation is a big win for women and public health. Women who suffer from postpartum depression often are slammed unexpectedly with this ailment without any knowledge about this maternally associated illness.
However, the insurance industry is poised to slam these women with another blow; this time, to their pocketbooks. According to the New York Times, life and disability insurers have penalized women with postpartum depression by charging them more money, excluding mental illness from coverage, or denying them any coverage at all.
Have I said before that I hate insurance companies? We need to nationalize them and use the revenue to finance a national health system where healthcare is a right, not a privilege.