While the government shut down does not directly affect the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), so that the Medicare and Medicaid programs are funded, the shutdown is having profound and long-lasting effects on the U.S. healthcare system.
In this Managed Healthcare Executive article, CareCentrix CMO, Dr. Michael Cantor, states “It impacts emotional health and wellbeing. Stress, anxiety, and depression are no doubt growing not just among the 800,000 federal workers who are on furlough; but, also, among populations who are directly affected by the agencies that are shuttered. As we’ve discussed recently, stress, anxiety, and depression are among the key factors affecting social determinants of health, and behavioral and mental health is quickly becoming one of the critical global health issues of our time. The emotional weight of this shutdown will no doubt manifest in clinical, social, and financial ways, the impact of which we may not fully realize for some time.”
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