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Opinion: Ghost networks of psychiatrists make money for insurance companies but hinder patients’ access to care

I tried calling a list of psychiatrists who supposedly took my insurance, but found a "ghost network" instead: Some were dead. Many weren't taking new patients. Others didn't take my…

When I started my training in psychiatry, a senior doctor told me I should have a therapist of my own. He explained that it’s essential to understand myself so I can better understand my patients.

That made sense, so I started calling a list of psychiatrists who supposedly took my insurance. Some of them were dead. Many weren’t taking new patients. Others didn’t take my insurance. I couldn’t find a single psychiatrist on the list to see me. It took months of networking for me to finally find a

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