Mental Health care is sadly lacking and very expensive in the states. There are limited beds and very few treatment centers. Texas ranks close to the bottom in all areas of mental health care. The prisons have become the place that a great many mentally ill individuals end up.
It is not just in Canada. If you have money and/or good health insurance in the United States, you can get immediate treatment. However, there are many without health insurance that can't get treatment at all or have long waits for the few treatment facilities that exist for low income people.
There was a special on television a while ago about heroin addiction and the showcased two couples battling addiction. One young man, a father of a toddler, wanted to get sober. He called treatment centers daily for a long period of time trying to find one that would take him. He didn't have insurance. He finally found one that didn't offer detox, left after a short time, and overdosed and died.
The wife in the other couple was on maintenance suboxone but didn't have insurance and had to stop taking it because they couldn't afford it. She relapsed and disappeared leaving a small baby behind.
The recent healthcare proposal completely did away with funds for opioid addiction. I am glad that it didn't pass.
Vivitrol shots, which have been shown to be highly effective for those fighting opioid addition, cost over $1000 a month in the U.S. Those without health insurance can't possibly afford that.
I don't know which is worse. Canada's long waits but treatment for all or the U.S. model of treatment for the haves and no treatment for the have-nots.
We can go to private rehab here in Canada as well it is so costly it is out of reach for most. The private rehabs get around the social medical issue by not having a physician involved in the facility. You can get in immediately if you have upwards of $40,000 or more.
Hi CB I agree they have the right to consent or deny treatment at 16 in Ontario as well.
Hospital based detox is available here and there are some in patient 30 day programs. They have very poor failure delta. Long term inpatient rehab is 9-15 month wait.