Despite enormous expenditures and innovations in treatment, the United States health care system does not consistently deliver effective treatment to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Health care reform promises to make insurance benefits newly available to many, eliminate inequitable
To date a number of private and public sector initiatives have commenced that rely on value-driven principles for the delivery of health care services. Given the variation that may exist across these initiatives it is important to have a good structure for examining and evaluating their implementation and overall effectiveness.
Many Americans enjoy high quality health care. However, we can do better. A number of efforts are currently being initiated to increase access to care, while enhancing even further the quality of care and constraining cost increases. This report summarizes the current issues surrounding the current medical liability system.