Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020
The following is a statement from Lawrence John, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). He reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf’s new Reach Out PA campaign that calls to address mental health care services in Pennsylvania.
“The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) appreciates Gov. Wolf’s goal of expanding mental health services and addressing the stigma surrounding this often-overlooked area of our health. As more details emerge, we will continue to educate our physician members.
Mental health treatment parity has long been a concern of PAMED. Physicians stand ready to help lead the effort to ensure patients receive the highest quality and most appropriate care.
I would be happy to meet with Gov. Wolf and his team to stay engaged in this process.
The physician community has felt the impact of depression and suicide as a by-product of burnout in our profession as well. Research suggests that 50 percent of physicians report symptoms of burnout in what has been described as a public health crisis.
For that reason, I have made addressing it a top priority during my year as president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Changes need to be made in both the general population and physician community, and I believe Gov. Wolf’s announcement is a good start.”
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